US Roman Catholic Monsignor William Lynn has been sentenced to three to six years in jail for covering up a sex abuse complaint against a priest.
Lynn supervised hundreds of priests in his role as secretary for clergy at the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.
Last month he became the most senior clergyman convicted in connection to the US Roman Catholic Church scandal.
Judge M Teresa Sarmina said Lynn enabled “monsters in clerical garb… to destroy the souls of children”.
“You knew full well what was right, Monsignor Lynn, but you chose wrong,” the judge said.