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Priest due in court after leaving prison

on January 06, 2014 10:20 AM

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A Roman Catholic church official will be in court today for the first time since his conviction in the priest-abuse scandal was reversed.

Monsignor William Lynn is not quite a free man. After 18 months in prison, he must remain on electronic monitoring while prosecutors try to restore the conviction.

Lynn has served 18 months for felony child-endangerment. He is the first U.S. church official ever convicted over his handling of abuse complaints.

Lynn said he tried to protect children as secretary for clergy in Philadelphia from 1992 to 2004, but prosecutors say he sought only to protect the church.

Lynn, 63, is due in court to review terms of his release from prison last week.

A judge said he must live in Philadelphia and report weekly to probation.

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