PHILADELPHIA — A Philadelphia Superior Court has overturned the conviction of Msgr. William Lynn, who was convicted and sent to prison as a felon for his role in reassigning a priest with a history of sexually abusing a minor.
A three-judge panel ruled Thursday that Msgr. Lynn, who served from 1992 to 2004 as the Archdiocese of Philadelphia’s secretary for clergy, was wrongfully convicted on felony child-endangerment charges. Lynn was the first U.S. Catholic official to be convicted of a crime over his handling of sexual-abuse allegations.