Pa. priest released from custody amid appeal

Pa. priest released from custody amid appeal

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A Roman Catholic church official who won an appeal of his landmark conviction in the priest-abuse scandal has been released from custody after being fitted with an electronic monitoring device.

Monsignor William Lynn left a state prison on Thursday after 18 months behind bars.

He was processed at a city jail and released this morning. Defense attorney Thomas Bergstrom said Lynn is staying at an undisclosed location in Philadelphia.

He’s due in court Monday for a bail hearing.

Lynn the first U.S. church official ever charged for hiding complaints that priests were molesting children.

City prosecutors charged him with felony child endangerment. But the appeals court says the law that existed at the time didn’t cover people who don’t directly supervise children. Prosecutors vow to appeal the Superior Court ruling.

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