Pa. Catholic official to seek house arrest Tuesday

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Associated Press

Posted on June 25, 2012 at 3:00 PM

Updated Monday, Jun 25 at 3:01 PM

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A Roman Catholic church official convicted of child endangerment will learn Tuesday if he'll get out of jail to await sentencing.

Monsignor William Lynn was found guilty of child endangerment Friday, making him the first U.S. church official convicted for covering up abuse claims.

A judge revoked his bail, but his lawyers want the 61-year-old priest released on house arrest until his Aug. 13 sentencing.

They suggest he could stay with a family friend in northeast Philadelphia, because his relatives don't live in the city, as required for house arrest.

A hearing is set for Tuesday.

Prosecutors say Lynn helped the Philadelphia archdiocese cover up abuse complaints as secretary for clergy from 1992 to 2004.

He was convicted of endangering a boy who was sexually assaulted by a priest in 1999.

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