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William Lynn, Philadelphia monsignor, posts $250K bail, awaits release

PHILADELPHIA - Lawyers for a Roman Catholic church official have posted bail and surrendered his passport as they try to get him out of prison after 18 months.

Monsignor William Lynn's attorneys posted the $250,000 bail, which was set after an appeals court overturned his conviction in the clergy sex-abuse scandal.

Lynn is the first U.S. church official ever convicted for his handling of abuse claims, but an appeals court now says the child-endangerment felony didn't apply to him.

Officials at the state prison in Waymart, in northeastern Pennsylvania, have not gotten a court order releasing Lynn.

Defense lawyer Thomas Bergstrom said he is trying to set up the required electronic monitoring.

Lynn is expected to live in Philadelphia while prosecutors ask the state Supreme Court to restore his conviction.


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