FILE - In this March 27, 2012 file photo, Monsignor William Lynn leaves the Criminal Justice Center in Philadelphia. A judge has set bail on Monday, Dec. 30, 2013, at $250,000 for Lynn, a Roman Catholic priest whose conviction in the clergy sex abuse scandal was overturned by a Pennsylvania appeals court. Lynn has been serving a three- to six-year sentence after being the first church official ever convicted over his handling of abuse claims. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)The Associated Press
PHILADELPHIA – Lawyers for a Roman Catholic church official have surrendered his passport as they try to get him out of prison on bail after 18 months.
Monsignor William Lynn's bail was set at $250,000 after a Pennsylvania appeals court overturned his conviction in a clergy sex-abuse scandal.
Lynn is the first U.S. church official ever convicted for his handling of abuse claims. But an appeals court now says the child-endangerment felony didn't apply to him.
Officials at the state prison in Waymart, in northeastern Pennsylvania, are awaiting word on when Lynn can be released.
Defense lawyer Thomas Bergstrom says he is trying to set up the electronic monitoring ordered by the trial judge.
Lynn is expected to live in Philadelphia while prosecutors ask the state Supreme Court to restore his conviction.