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    Court Reverses Priest Abuse Case

    Monsignor William Lynn leaves the Criminal Justice Center, Tuesday, March 27, 2012 in Philadelphia. Lynn is the first Roman Catholic church official in the U.S. ever charged with child endangerment, for allegedly keeping co-defendants former priest Edward V. Avery and the Rev. James J. Brennan, and other accused predators, in ministry. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

    Alex Brandon / AP Photo

    A court has dismissed the 2012 conviction of a Catholic Church official who was sentenced to three to six years in prison for mishandling priest sexual-abuse complaints. A Pennsylvania appeals court ruled Thursday that Monsignor William Lynn was wrongly convicted in a trial that charged him with reassigning predatory clergy to different Philadelphia parishes during his tenure as secretary for clergy between 1992 and 2004. At the time, state child-endangerment laws did not apply to supervisors, only parents and direct caregivers.

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