Fewer priest accusers to testify at ex-official's retrial

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Posted: Mar 28, 2017 5:12 PM
Fewer priest accusers to testify at ex-official's retrial

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A longtime church official in Philadelphia will decide whether to be retried on child endangerment charges or seek further appeals.

Prosecutors hope to retry Monsignor William Lynn although he served nearly three years of a three- to six-year sentence before his conviction was overturned.

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court threw out the conviction over weeks of testimony from 23 priest abuse victims not directly tied to his case.

This time, prosecutors asked to introduce complaints about nine other priests to try to show that Lynn helped the church transfer problem priests and endanger more children.

A judge Tuesday approved one case and said she may allow three others.

Lynn is accused of endangering an altar boy who says he was assaulted by a parish priest in 1998.

He'll decide by Friday whether he'll appeal.