PHILADELPHIA (April 27, 2015) – Philadelphia District Attorney R. Seth Williams today issued the following statement in response to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s decision to reverse a superior court’s Monsignor Lynn decision:
I was pleased to learn this afternoon that the Pennsylvania Supreme Court believes that there is sufficient evidence to prove Monsignor William Lynn guilty of endangering the welfare of children. The Supreme Court saw the same evidence that the hard working men and women of the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office presented in court, and we are gratified that the court supports our interpretation of the evidence.
I’d also like to take this opportunity to thank the brave victims who testified in court and their families for supporting them.
Today’s announcement sends the clear message that if anyone – priest, layperson, citizen, police officer or elected official – knowingly puts children at risk of being sexually molested, they will be held accountable.