Judge: Try church sex scandal defendants together

PHILADELPHIA - July 29, 2011

Common Pleas Judge Lillian Ransom denied most of the pretrial requests made Friday by Monsignor William Lynn, two current priests, a former priest and a former Catholic school teacher.

Lynn is the only U.S. church official ever charged in the sex-abuse scandal for allegedly transferring predator priests to unsuspecting parishes. The other four are charged with raping boys in their care.

The charges came as part of a scathing grand jury report released in February that accused the church of protecting priests who sexually abused children.

Ransom is dismissing some conspiracy charges connecting the defendants but allowed the most severe charges to move forward.

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