Judge sets bail at $250,000 for monsignor

Philadelphia Inquirer

LAST UPDATED: Monday, December 30, 2013

Bail was set Monday at $250,000 for Msgr. William J. Lynn, four days after an appeals court ruled he was wrongly convicted of endangering children.

Common Pleas Court Judge M. Teresa Sarmina also ruled that Lynn must surrender his passport and be subject to electronic monitoring and weekly reporting while on bail.

He must post $25,000 to be released.

District Attorney Seth Williams scheduled a noon news conference to respond to the ruling.

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.

The monsignor has served 18 months of a 3- to 6-year term imposed by Sarmina, mostly at the State Correctional Institution at Waymart, in northeastern Pennsylvania.

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