Freedom or jail for Msgr. William J. Lynn? Arguments Thursday

Philadelphia Inquirer

POSTED: Wednesday, April 29, 2015

A Philadelphia judge will hear arguments Thursday about whether Msgr. William J. Lynn should return to prison.

The hearing was set by Common Pleas Court Judge M. Teresa Sarmina, who presided over the landmark 13-week trial in 2012 in which Lynn, 64, was found guilty of child endangerment for his role supervising priests accused of sexually abusing children.

Sarmina sentenced Lynn to three to six years in prison and he served about 18 months before being released on house arrest on Jan. 2, 2014, after the Pennsylvania Superior Court reversed his conviction. Lynn has lived since in the rectory of St. William, a parish in Lawncrest in the Northeast.

On Monday, however, the state Supreme Court reinstated the conviction and the Philadelphia District Attorney’s office immediately moved to revoke his bail and return him to prison.

Defense attorney Thomas A. Bergstrom on Wednesday filed a motion asking that Lynn remain free on $250,000 bail and live on house arrest pending further appeals.

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