Two days after he walked free from a northeastern Pennsylvania prison on bail, Monsignor William Lynn, accused of shielding pedophile priests, learned when he'll face a new trial.
Lynn served nearly three years in prison before a judge granted him bail earlier this week after the Pennsylvania Supreme Court affirmed a lower court's decision to overturn his conviction, granting him a new trial. At a hearing Thursday morning, a Philadelphia judge set Lynn's new trial for May 2017.
In the wake of Lynn's release, Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams vowed to re-try the former Archdiocese of Philadelphia official, contending that he endangered thousands of children throughout the city's Catholic parishes when he knowingly transferred child-molesting priests to cover up abuse.
Lynn's now-overturned conviction is historical, because he is the first Roman Catholic Church official in the United States ever to be charged with shielding pedophile priests.
If he's convicted again, Lynn can only be sentenced to two months maximum in jail, his attorney, Tom Bergstrom, said. The state parole board had already granted him parole effective this October, when he would have completed a full three years of his three- to six-year sentence.