House Arrest Denied For Convicted Pa. Monsignor

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- A Philadelphia monsignor convicted of child endangerment for sending a priest suspected of abuse to a new parish will remain behind bars until he's sentenced.

Judge M. Teresa Sarmina agreed Thursday with prosecutors who say Monsignor William Lynn should be treated like any other felon and remain jailed until his sentencing hearing.

Lynn's attorneys say their client isn't a flight risk and argued for his release on house arrest. But prosecutors say other defendants in Lynn's situation wouldn't be accommodated the same way.

Sarmina did approve a defense request to move sentencing up from Aug. 13 to July 24. Lynn faces 3 1/2 to seven years in prison.

Lynn was the first U.S. church official ever convicted for his handling of abuse complaints. His attorneys plan to appeal.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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