William Lynn will return to jail if bail violated, judge warns

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Msgr. William Lynn. Credit: Metro file photo

In his first public appearance since leaving prison in Wayne County last Thursday, Monsignor William Lynn, 62, appeared in a Philadelphia courtroom for a bail status hearing this afternoon.

Lynn was wearing a priest’s collar and appeared somewhat frail.

The courtroom was packed with supporters of Msgr. Lynn, including some who identified themselves as parishioners of St. Joseph’s Parish in Downingtown.

Technically, Lynn was declared innocent by a state appeals court on Dec. 26. But he is still bound to obey the terms of bail set by Judge Theresa Sarmina until the state Supreme Court can decide on an appeal by the office of District Attorney Seth Williams.

Lynn was required to post 10 percent of $250,000 bail, which was paid by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. He was also required to surrender his passport and undergo wearing an electronic monitoring device.

If any of his bail terms were violated, “your return to prison would occur,” Judge Sarmina told Lynn.

Sarmina also noted that she will soon be re-assigned as a civil judge, but said she will prepared paperwork for Lynn’s arrest in advance in case he violates the bail.

“I’m signing an arrest warrant in advance in the event there should be some violation of the electronic monitoring,” Sarmina said at the hearing.

Sarmina also agreed that Lynn would check in weekly with his pre-trial house arrest officer, rather than requiring him to come into court weekly.

Lynn was sentenced to three to six years in prison in 2012 after being convicted of child endangerment due to a priest he assigned to a Philadelphia parish pleading guilty to molesting a child at that parish.

Lynn declined to speak to reporters after his hearing.

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