Ex-church official gets bail, prosecutor vows to retry him

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphia’s district attorney is vowing to retry a former church official over his handling of abuse complaints, even though his conviction has been twice overturned.

A judge on Tuesday said Monsignor William Lynn can be released on $250,000 bail after Pennsylvania’s highest court granted him a new trial. Family members are expected to pick him up later Tuesday from a state prison in northeastern Pennsylvania.

Lynn was the first U.S. Roman Catholic Church official ever charged and convicted of helping to shield child molesters within its ranks.

Appeals courts have wrestled ever since with the legality of his conviction.

Lynn has been in and out of prison during those appeals. He’s served nearly three years of a three- to six-year sentence, and was due to be paroled in October.