D.A. to retry Catholic administrator after second release from prison



The highest ranking Catholic clergy member convicted of criminal charges as a result of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia sex abuse scandal walked out of court a free man Tuesday for the second time, but a retrial is awaiting him.

Monsignor William Lynn, who was sentenced to three to six years in prison on charges of child endangerment in 2012, was freed on bail Tuesday morning, prosecutors said. An appeals court had ruled that certain evidence was improperly allowed in at his first trial and ordered a new trial.

This marks the second time Lynn, 65, was let out of jail.

An appeals court previously freed Lynn after ruling that child endangerment laws shouldn’t apply to administrators like him in 2013. But the state Supreme Court disagreed and sent Lynn back to jail in 2015.

Prosecutors from the office of District Attorney Seth Williams announced their intentions to pursue a new conviction of Lynn at trial at the hearing during which he was released.

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