Philadelphia Catholic priest twice convicted of protecting child molesters released from jail

New York Daily News

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

The first U.S. church official to be jailed for shielding pedophile priests will be released from prison, a judge ruled Tuesday.

Monsignor William Lynn, 65, can be released on bail after his conviction was tossed out by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court on July 26.

In 2012, Lynn became the first U.S. Roman Catholic Church official to be charged with or convicted of protecting child molesters within the church.

Lynn served almost his entire three-year sentence and was up for parole in October. He was able to post 10% of his $250,000 bail.

Even though Lynn’s conviction has now been overturned twice, Philadelphia’s top prosecutor vowed to bring Lynn to trial a third time, saying there is “substantial evidence” against him.

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