Northeast Times

Breaking news: Convicted priest must stay in jail; sentencing moved up

The first highly placed Cath­ol­ic of­fi­cial con­victed in a sex-ab­use case will stay in jail while he awaits sen­ten­cing, which was moved up to Ju­ly 24. Com­mon Pleas Court Judge M. Teresa Sarmina on Thursday re­jec­ted a re­quest to al­low Monsignor Wil­li­am Lynn to live un­der house ar­rest in the Lower North­east home of Rita De­Car­ol­is, an eld­erly in-law’s in-law. The judge also moved up Lynn’s sen­ten­cing date, which was ori­gin­ally set for Aug. 13. On June 22, a jury found the 61- year-old monsignor guilty of one count of en­dan­ger­ing chil­dren. He im­me­di­ately was taken in­to cus­tody and has been held in the Cur­ran-From­hold Cor­rec­tion­al Fa­cil­ity on State Road. Pro­sec­utors have said they will ask for the max­im­um sen­tence of sev­en years and ad­ded they viewed Lynn as a flight risk. Lynn faces from three and a half years to sev­en years im­pris­on­ment. Lynn’s at­tor­neys said they planned to ap­peal the con­vic­tion once Sarmina sen­tences their cli­ent.

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