Bail hearing set for Msgr. Lynn

Philadelphia Inquirer

LAST UPDATED: Monday, December 30, 2013

A bail hearing is set for Monday for Msgr. William J. Lynn in response to an appellate court ruling that he was wrongly convicted of endangering children.

Lynn is not expected to appear at the hearing before Common Pleas Court Judge M. Teresa Sarmina, who sentenced the priest to three to six years in prison, saying he had “enabled monsters in clerical garb … to destroy the souls of children.”

District Attorney Seth Williams’ office said it would challenge the request by Lynn’s lawyers that he be released from prison.

Convicted after a three-month trial last year, Lynn, 62, was the first Catholic church official in the country to be tried and imprisoned for covering up child sex-abuse by priests.

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