By Dave Warner
PHILADELPHIA | Thu May 31, 2012 8:40am EDT
(Reuters) – Closing arguments were to begin on Thursday in the closely watched child sex abuse case against a Roman Catholic priest and a church monsignor who is the highest-ranking U.S. church official to stand trial in a pedophilia scandal.
The jury has heard ten weeks of testimony in the trial of Monsignor William Lynn, the former secretary of the clergy in the Philadelphia Archdiocese, and the Reverend James Brennan.
Lynn, 61, is accused of conspiracy and child endangerment and could face as much as 28 years in prison if convicted. Brennan, 48, is charged with the attempted rape of a 14-year-old child in 1996.
Lynn is the highest-ranking U.S. clergyman to go to trial in the Roman Catholic church’s pedophilia scandal. His job was to supervise 800 Philadelphia priests, including investigating sex abuse claims against them, from 1992 to 2004.
Courtesy of Reuters.com