Pennsylvania v. Lynn (majority)Annotate this Case
Following a jury trial on charges that he endangered the welfare of children, appellee William Lynn was convicted and sentenced to a term of three to six years of incarceration. On appeal, he challenged the sufficiency of the evidence, arguing that he had no direct supervision of the children he was found to have endangered. The Superior Court agreed, and reversed his conviction. On the Commonwealth’s appeal, the Supreme Court reversed the Superior Court, concluding that there was no statutory requirement of direct supervision of children. "Rather, that which is supervised is the child’s welfare. Under the facts presented at trial, Appellee was a person supervising the welfare of many children because, as a high-ranking official in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, he was specifically responsible for protecting children from sexually abusive priests."