Monsignor William Lynn posts bail, but not immediately freed from prison


LAST UPDATED: Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Attorneys on Tuesday posted bail for Monsignor William Lynn, but the jailed former Catholic official isn’t a free man yet.

Lynn’s lead attorney Thomas Bergstrom said the legal team still has to straighten out issues related to the terms of Lynn’s electronic monitoring, one of the conditions of his release.

“That could take a while,” Bergstrom said, though he declined to speculate exactly how long.

Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge Teresa Sarmina during a hearing Monday set Lynn’s bail at $250,000 and ordered he surrender his passport and undergo weekly reporting and electronic monitoring.

Sarmina in 2012 sentenced Lynn, former Archdiocese of Philadelphia secretary for clergy, to 3 to 6 years in prison after he was convicted of felony child endangerment for transferring priests accused of child sex abuse to other parishes rather than reporting them to law enforcement. But a three-judge Superior Court panel on Thursday unanimously overturned Sarmina’s ruling, finding the state’s child-endangerment law was wrongly applied in the case.

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