Judge Orders William Lynn, Ex-Church Official Jailed in Sex-Abuse Scandal, Released on Bail

NBC 10

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A former Philadelphia church official who made history when he faced charges of helping to shield pedophile priests will walk free on bail after a court overturned his conviction, a judge ruled on Tuesday.

Monsignor William Lynn already posted 10 percent of his $250,000 bail about 11 a.m., less than an hour after a Philadelphia judge ruled that he can be released on bail. Pennsylvania’s highest court affirmed a lower court’s decision to overturn Lynn’s conviction, granting him a new trial.

Philadelphia’s district attorney is vowing to retry Lynn, who will likely be able to leave Waymart State Correctional Institution, in Wayne County, Pennsylvania, sometime Tuesday, according to his attorney.

Lynn’s attorney, Tom Bergstrom, told NBC10’s Rosemary Connors that Lynn plans to go live with his sister and her family. He is due back in Philadelphia court on Thursday morning for a status hearing.

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