Philly Monsignor Seeks Bail Monday Amid Appeal

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- A Roman Catholic monsignor from Philadelphia will ask Monday to be released on bail while he appeals his conviction in the church sex-abuse scandal.

Monsignor William Lynn is serving a three- to six-year term after his child-endangerment conviction in June. Lawyers for the 61-year-old Lynn argue they have a strong chance of overturning the conviction.

Lynn served as secretary for clergy at the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Philadelphia from 1992 to 2004. He admits he let an abuse complaint against former priest Edward Avery fall through the cracks in 1992. Avery is in prison for sexually assaulting a different boy in 1999.

But Lynn's lawyers say the state's child-endangerment law did not apply to people who supervised abusers at the time.

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

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