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Judge to hear more on convicted Philadelphia monsignor's request for release until sentencing
PHILADELPHIA (AP) A high-ranking official in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia could be released on house arrest while he awaits sentencing for his handling of child sex abuse complaints.
Monsignor William Lynn was convicted of felony child endangerment last month and faces 3 to seven years in prison when he's sentenced in August. His attorneys have asked a judge to release him from custody until his sentencing.
A hearing on that request is scheduled for Thursday. Common Pleas Judge M. Teresa Sarmina has suggested she could release Lynn to house arrest if she's persuaded he won't seek refuge at the Vatican or elsewhere.
Lynn was the first U.S. church official ever charged for his handling of abuse complaints. His attorneys plan to appeal his conviction.