PHILADELPHIA (Aug. 2, 2016) – Philadelphia District Attorney R. Seth Williams today issued the following statement on his decision to retry Monsignor William Lynn:
Today in court, we announced that the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office will retry Monsignor Lynn on the charge of Endangering the Welfare of Children. The appellate court recently ordered that the case be remanded for a new trial. There is substantial evidence, including testimony from the defendant himself, to establish his guilt. A retrial is the right thing to do in the pursuit of justice.
To the victims, their families and the citizens of our region; know that my Office takes the charges of institutional sexual abuse extremely seriously. I will continue to use every available legal option at my disposal to prosecute pedophile priests and those who shield them to the fullest extent of the law.