PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A former church official jailed for his handling of priest sexual-abuse complaints no longer resides at a Philadelphia jail on the pope’s U.S. itinerary.
Monsignor William Lynn is serving a minimum three-year sentence for endangering children in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Philadelphia.
The 64-year-old Lynn has recently been housed at the city’s Curran-Fromhold Correctional Center while appealing his 2012 conviction.
But defense lawyer Thomas Bergstrom says he is now back at a state prison near Scranton.
Appeals courts have been split on whether Lynn should have been convicted under the child-endangerment law and he has been in and out of prison.
He is the first U.S. church official prosecuted over the alleged church cover-up.
Pope Francis is scheduled to visit inmates at the city prison during his U.S. trip in September.
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