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Pa. appeals court hears Monsignor William Lynn's endangerment case

Published On: Sep 17 2013 12:04:38 PM EDT   Updated On: Sep 17 2013 12:57:36 PM EDT

Msg Lynn in court


A Pennsylvania appeals court appears intrigued by arguments that a Roman Catholic church official was wrongly convicted for his handling of priest sex-abuse complaints.

Monsignor William Lynn is serving three to six years in prison after his felony child-endangerment conviction last year.

Philadelphia prosecutors say he reassigned dangerous priests to unsuspecting parishes as secretary for clergy from 1992 to 2004.


Defense lawyers argue that the child-endangerment law in place then only applied to parents and caregivers. A 2007 amendment included supervisors with indirect oversight of children.

Assistant Philadelphia District Attorney Hugh Burns says the 2007 change clarified the law's intent but didn't change it.

The Superior Court didn't indicate when it would rule.

President Judge John T. Bender also questioned why the jury heard about priest-abuse cases dating back to the 1940s.