Judge Sets Bail at $250K for Jailed Philly Priest

ABC News

By MARYCLAIRE DALE Associated Press

A Roman Catholic priest whose conviction in the clergy sex abuse scandal was overturned by a Pennsylvania appeals court could be freed this week after a judge set his bail Monday at $250,000.

Monsignor William Lynn, currently jailed at a state prison in Waymart, will also have to submit to electronic monitoring and surrender his passport, Common Pleas Judge M. Teresa Sarmina ruled.

Lynn has been serving a three- to six-year sentence after being the first church official ever convicted over his handling of abuse claims.

A three-judge appellate panel threw out his case last week, saying Lynn was tried under a child-endangerment law that didn’t apply to him. On Monday, the priests’ lawyers asked Sarmina to release the 62-year-old priest while prosecutors appeal.

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