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Pa. court reverses conviction of priest in sex abuse case

By: The Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA -- A Pennsylvania appeals court has ruled that a Roman Catholic Church official was wrongly convicted for his handling of priest sex-abuse complaints.

The unanimous decision released Thursday by the state Superior Court also dismisses the criminal case against Monsignor William Lynn, a Philadelphia area priest.

Lynn has been serving three to six years in prison after his child-endangerment conviction last year. Prosecutors had argued that Lynn reassigned predators to new parishes in Philadelphia when he was secretary for clergy from 1992 to 2004.

Lynns conviction stems from the case of one priest, Edward Avery, found to have abused a child after such a transfer.

Lynns attorneys contended the states child-endangerment law at the time applied only to parents and caregivers, not supervisors like Lynn.

 
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Edgar Snyder

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