Pennsylvania court weighs priest abuse case

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Posted: Nov 18, 2014 12:06 PM
Pennsylvania court weighs priest abuse case

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania's highest court is considering whether to reinstate a criminal conviction against a Philadelphia Roman Catholic church official for putting at risk a child who was sexually abused.

The state Supreme Court on Tuesday heard a city prosecutor argue that the crime of endangering the welfare of children applies to Monsignor William Lynn, saying he was supervising the welfare of children even if he wasn't supervising a particular child victim.

But Lynn's lawyer says the allegations date back to before the law was changed in 2007. He says that under the law's older version someone would have to be directly supervising a child to be guilty.

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The 63-year-old Lynn has been on house arrest since his conviction was thrown out last year. He had served about 18 months of a three- to six-year sentence.