Pa. high court weighs pivotal church-abuse case

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania’s highest court will review the prosecution of a church official imprisoned over his handling of priest sex-abuse complaints.

Monsignor William Lynn has been on house arrest in a Philadelphia rectory since his conviction was thrown out on appeal last year.

Prosecutors want the state Supreme Court to reinstate it.

The 63-year-old Lynn has served about 18 months of a three- to six-year sentence.

He was the first church official ever convicted over his handling of complaints. Some call him a scapegoat. But the trial judge said he let monsters “destroy the souls of children.”

The Supreme Court will consider two issues: whether Lynn can be held responsible for a victim he never met, and whether his actions were part of a larger scheme that put the boy at risk.

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