william lynn Msgr. William Lynn. Credit: Metro file photo

Days after getting out of state prison in Wayne County, Monsignor William Lynn, former secretary of the Archdiocese, will appear in Commonwealth Court Monday morning for a status hearing.

Lynn made bail last week, with help from the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, acknowledged Archbishop Charles Chaput in a letter to parishioners sent out on Friday.

"Msgr. Lynn presents no danger to anyone. He poses no flight risk. The funding for his bail has been taken from no parish, school or ministry resources, impacts no ongoing work of the Church and will be returned when the terms of bail are completed," Chaput wrote. "Msgr. Lynn has already spent 18 months in prison on a conviction which Pennsylvania's state appellate court has reversed – unanimously – as 'fundamentally flawed.'"


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.

As part of the bail agreement, Lynn was required to surrender his passport, pay bail and undergo electronic bracelet tracking.

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.


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