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Lawyers for Pa. church official seek house arrest

Published On: Jun 26 2012 10:36:38 AM EDT
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A Roman Catholic church official convicted of child endangerment will remain in jail while his lawyers seek his release on house arrest.

Monsignor William Lynn has been in custody since a jury found him guilty Friday of felony child endangerment. The charges stem from Lynn's handling of clergy-abuse claims at the Philadelphia archdiocese.

The 61-year-old Lynn is the first U.S. church official convicted in the cover-up of child sex-abuse complaints. He plans to appeal.

The defense will ask a judge to let him live with a family friend in northeast Philadelphia, because his relatives don't live in the city, as required for house arrest.

Lynn faces 3-1/2 to seven years in prison when he is sentenced Aug. 13.

Lynn served as secretary for clergy from 1992 to 2004.