Pa. priest released from prison after appeal

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 PHILADELPHIA (AP) - A Roman Catholic church official has left state prison after 18 months because he won an appeal of his landmark conviction in the priest-abuse scandal.

 
A state prison spokeswoman, Terri Fazio, says Monsignor William Lynn was released Thursday from the prison in Waymart in northeastern Pennsylvania.
The Philadelphia Sheriff's Office is taking Lynn to a Philadelphia jail to be fitted with an electronic monitoring device. After that, he'll be released.
Prosecutors are appealing the Superior Court ruling.
The 62-year-old Lynn was the first U.S. church official ever charged for hiding complaints that priests were molesting children. He was the point person for those complaints in Philadelphia from 1992-2004.
Prosecutors charged him with felony child endangerment. But the appeals court says the law that existed at the time didn't cover people who don't directly supervise children.

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