SAN JOSE (AP) — A San Francisco man has pleaded not guilty to assaulting a Jesuit priest he says molested him more than three decades ago.

Will Lynch entered the plea Tuesday in Santa Clara Superior Court. He is charged with one count of assault for allegedly beating up 65-year-old Jerold Lindner earlier this year.

KCBS’ Matt Bigler Reports:

Lynch’s attorney, Pat Harris, said his client intends to take the case to trial.

Lindner has repeatedly denied molesting Lynch and his little brother in 1975 during a weekend camping trip in the Santa Cruz Mountains.

Lynch is accused of tracking Lindner to his Los Gatos retirement home in May and beating him bloody in front of shocked witnesses.

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Comments (6)
  1. 2020 says:

    Why is he in jail? Shouldn’t the molestor be in jail. What the hell is wrong with country.

  2. a-0 says:

    The priest was lucky enough just to get a beating. Free the victim and jail the molester.

  3. NRA Life Member says:

    Will Lynch is a hero! This molester stole his childhood. How do you return a person’s childhood? I hope someone starts a “Will Lynch Defense Fund”. I would be honored to contribute.

  4. msvoner says:

    There is no excuse for beating a 65 year old man. Period.