Pennsylvania’s highest court is considering whether to reinstate a criminal conviction against a Philadelphia Roman Catholic church official for putting at risk a child who was sexually abused.
The state Supreme Court on Tuesday heard a city prosecutor argue that the crime of endangering the welfare of children applies to Monsignor William Lynn, saying he was supervising the welfare of children even if he wasn’t supervising a particular child victim.
But Lynn’s lawyer says the allegations date back to before the law was changed in 2007, and under that version someone would have to be directly supervising a child to be guilty.
The 63-year-old Lynn has been on house arrest since his conviction was thrown out last year. He’d already served about 18 months of a three- to six-year sentence.