Sep 242012
 

In one of the first cases of its kind, a church priest in Pennsylvania was convicted and sentenced for child endangerment. William Lynn was convicted of allowing priests who were suspected of having committed sexual abuse of children to have further and repeated contact with children. The jury in Lynn’s case spoke clearly in finding him guilty of choosing to protect priests over children in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania area churches.

Last year, in response to a Philadelphia Grand Jury report which substantiated child sex abuse allegations in Philadelphia area churches and parishes, the Archdiocese began an investigation of 21 priests. This year,  several of those priests were dismissed for  boundary violations:

Philadelphia Priest John Reardon

John Reardon was the only priest in this group who was dismissed for a substantiated allegation of sex abuse of a minor. He is 65 years old and was ordained in 1973. When he was placed on leave, he was at Saint John of the Cross in Roslyn, Pennsylvania. His prior assignments include:

  • Saint Joseph the Worker, Fallsington (from 1973-1977),
  • Saint Leo, Philadelphia (from 1977-1982),
  • Saint Hubert High School, Philadelphia (from 1980-1982),
  • Saint Bridget, Philadelphia (from 1982-1987),
  • Newman Chaplain, Philadelphia College of Textile and Science (from 1982-1987),
  • Saint Colman, Ardmore (from 1987-1988),
  • Nativity of Our Lord, Warminster (from 1988-1994),
  • Seven Dolores, Wyndmoor (from 1994-2001 and 2003-2005), and
  • St. Genevieves, Flourtown (from 2001-2005).

Anyone with any information about priest abuse, clergy abuse, child sexual abuse or sexual abuse is urged to contact the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office:

  • Special Victims Unit: 215-685-3252
  • Family Violence and Sexual Assault Unit: 215-686-8080

Contacting the District Attorney’s office can be overwhelming. Mr. Kent offers free, confidential consultations to all victims of sex abuse. 800.220.7600

Related Philadelphia Priest Abuse Legal Articles:

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Priest Sex Abuse Civil Attorney

For more information, contact Brian Kent, a former sex crimes unit prosecutor and now civil sex abuse victims lawyer in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

Published: September 24, 2012

Sources: http://catholicphilly.com/media-files/2012/05/Archbishop-Chaput-remarks-at-press-conference.pdf; http://archphila.org/HHHIC/doc/Priest%20AL_Resolution%20Chart_05-04-2012.pdf

 Posted by on September 24, 2012 Priest/Pastor Sex Abuse