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Old June 20th, 2012, 09:27 AM   #1
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A man is on trial because he beat the pedophile priest who raped him 35 years ago, when he was 7 years old. The priest also raped his 4 year old brother.



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Alleged sex abuse victim faces trial for beating priest



Priest was never charged; now, more than 35 years later, his accuser will see him in court after allegedly attacking him in a retirement home



LOS ANGELES Opening statements were scheduled to begin Wednesday in the trial of a man accused of beating an aging Jesuit priest who he says molested him and his younger brother more than 35 years ago.



William Lynch has said the priest abused him and his brother during a camping trip in Northern California's Santa Cruz Mountains. Now 44, Lynch will get his longtime wish to face the Rev. Jerold Lindner in court for the first time.



Lynch faces felony charges of assault and elder abuse after prosecutors say he beat Lindner in 2010 in front of startled witnesses at a retirement home for priests.



In the months since his arrest, Lynch has refused to discuss a plea deal and has grown intent on using his own legal trouble to try Lindner in the court of public opinion in a potentially explosive proceeding likely to include testimony from Lynch, the priest and several more of his alleged victims.



The trial will take place in Santa Clara County Superior Court, where several other victims are expected to attend. Lynch faces up to four years in prison if convicted on all charges.



The judge overseeing the case recently ruled that Lynch's lawyer can ask the priest about Lynch's allegations during cross-examination. If Lindner denies the accusations, attorney Pat Harris can call up to three other witnesses who claim they were also molested by Lindner as children, including Lynch's younger brother.



The Lynches, who were 7 and 4 at the time, were raped in the woods and forced to have oral sex with each other while Lindner watched, according to a civil lawsuit. Lindner has been accused of abuse by nearly a dozen people, including his own sister and nieces and nephews, but was never criminally charged because the allegations were too old.



Lindner hung up Monday when The Associated Press called him for comment. He has previously denied abusing the Lynch boys and said in a deposition from the late 1990s that he didn't recall the siblings. The brothers settled with the Jesuits of the California Province for $625,000 in 1998.



'I'm prepared to take responsibility'

Getting Lindner into court even as a victim has helped Lynch find the peace of mind he's been searching for his whole life, he said.



"I don't want to go to jail but I've come to realize that this whole thing is really bigger than me and the way that I've chosen to handle this is to make a statement," Lynch told the AP. "I'm prepared to take responsibility for anything I've been involved in. I'm willing to do it. I think it's a small sacrifice to get Father Jerry into court."



The priest will likely testify at the trial, but Lynch's attempt to shame and expose Lindner is misguided, said Deputy District Attorney Vicki Gemetti.



Even if the molestation allegations are true, the judge's order only allows the defense to ask general questions about sexual abuse for the purpose of challenging Lindner's credibility as a witness. Other defense witnesses who allege abuse by the priest can't be questioned about specific details that could inflame the jury.



"What the jury needs to be deciding is did an assault take place? There might be sympathetic reasons for an assault, but yes, it's an assault," Gemetti said. "The victim is not squeaky clean but that doesn't change the fact that you can't take the law into your own hands."



It's unlikely testimony about Lynch's abuse allegations could tip the case in his favor but not impossible, said Jody Armour, a professor at the University of Southern California's Gould School of Law who specializes in criminal law and social justice issues.



Jurors will have to be reminded not to be swayed by their prejudices or by any sympathy they may feel for Lynch.



"These are some of the toughest cases in criminal law," Armour said. "Even though that jury will be told, 'Don't think about this, this is not evidence, it just goes to credibility,' how are people going to keep those two things separate in their mind?"



There have been several other instances of violence, sometimes fatal, against priests accused of abuse since the Roman Catholic clergy abuse scandal unfolded in 2002.



In Baltimore, a man who claimed he was sodomized and fondled by a priest a decade earlier shot the clergyman three times in 2002 after the priest told him to go away when he demanded an apology. The defendant was acquitted of attempted murder but served 18 months of home detention on a gun conviction.



The following year, priest John Geoghan was strangled in his cell by a fellow inmate who claimed he was chosen by God to kill pedophiles. Geoghan was serving a 9- to 10-year sentence for groping a boy and was at the center of the Boston clergy abuse scandal. He had been accused of molesting as many as 150 boys.



Police said they connected Lynch to the May 2010 attack using phone records. A half hour before the beating, a man identifying himself as "Eric" called the retirement home and said someone would arrive shortly to inform Lindner of a family member's death.



When Lindner showed up in the lobby, Lynch asked the 65-year-old priest if he recognized him. After the priest said he did not, Lynch began punching him, according to a police account. On a 911 tape, the assailant can be heard yelling, "Turn yourself in or I'll (expletive) come back and kill you," as a receptionist speaks to a dispatcher.



Lindner was able to drive himself to the hospital and has since recovered.



Lindner was removed from ministry and placed at the Los Gatos retirement home in 2001. He was named in two additional lawsuits for abuse between 1973 and 1985, according to the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Those cases were included in the record $660 million settlement between the church and more than 550 plaintiffs in 2007.



Even if he is convicted, Lynch hopes that facing the priest in court will help him deal with the demons that he said have held him hostage for years. He has battled depression and alcoholism, attempted suicide and his marriage failed.



"He still comes into my dreams now. He just took ownership of me in a way that's hard to get rid of and I have to learn how to live with him," Lynch said of the priest.



"My expectations are realistic, but I'm also coming into this for the first time sort of in control of my life."





William Lynch dreamed for years about confronting the Jesuit priest he says molested him and his little brother more than 30 years ago during a camping trip. Now, Lynch prepares to go to trial on felony assault and elder abuse charges for attacking Lindner in the lobby of his retirement home.









This undated file photo shows the Rev. Jerold Lindner during a camping trip to Northern California.




This is an interesting contrast with the current case in Texas, where a father beat to death the man who was supposedly sexually molesting the father's 5 year old daughter.



The question I have is when is it appropriate to use violence? Is it OK at the time of the event, or is 35 years later OK? Is it OK to defend oneself, or is it OK to use it to defend a third party......and to continue using lethal violence even after that third party is no longer in danger?



If it's OK for a rape victim to use violence to defend himself or herself at the time of the attack, can we really expect young children to do that for themselves? What if they use violence against their rapist a little later? Is 35 years too late?



If a 4 year old child is being raped by a priest, can you kill the priest now or is it OK to wait a few minutes, a few hours, or even 35 years? What if that 4 year old child is your daughter or your brother?



Does the age of the rapist matter? Is it OK to hit back if the rapist is 30, but not when he's 65?



And when is it ever not OK to beat up a priest?
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Old June 20th, 2012, 09:40 AM   #2
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It's hard to blame Lynch for taking revenge against this homosexual.



However vigilante justice is against the law, even when meted out to sick homosexuals
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Old June 20th, 2012, 09:48 AM   #3
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Maybe this will start a trend since the Catholic church has conspired to keep pedophiles out of the reach of the law, and conspired to deny justice to the rape victims.



Perhaps those victims can only find justice and peace of mind if they take the law into their own hands? Four years in prison for assault might be trivial compared to 35 years of living hell.



And while the $625,000 the two rape victims received from the Jesuits must have helped, hitting the priest in the face must have been so much more satisfying. Perhaps that should become a standard part of any settlement.
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Maybe this will start a trend since the Catholic church has conspired to keep pedophiles out of the reach of the law, and conspired to deny justice to their victims.



Perhaps those victims can only find justice and some measure of peace if they take the law into their own hands?


Very doubtful that vigilante justice will prevail, other than in the minds of bigots or Charles Bronson fans.



However it's easy to understand why Lynch wanted to exact revenge on this sad priest who had been possessed with homosexual demons
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Its sad,i feel bad for him that he couldnt deal with this in a better way......



Stupid priest!
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Old June 20th, 2012, 10:53 AM   #6
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I'm not surprised one bit. Stupid priests, half of the population of them are a menace to society.
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Old June 20th, 2012, 11:23 AM   #7
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Like most pedophiles the good priest raped both boys and girls - any vulnerable child who was available.



And as usual, the church conspired to cover up the crimes and helped the pedophile rape again by making more unsuspecting victims available.



The church is even paying the rapist a pension and boarding him at a resort for pedophile priests......even though they admit he raped children.



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On a Memorial Day weekend in 1974, seven year old Will Lynch and his four year old brother went on a camping trip with their parents and a number of other families. The camp out was sponsored by Christian Family Movement, a Christian organization. Also attending the camp out was a Jesuit priest, Jerry Lindner, known in the Catholic Church as Father Jerry. Before the weekend was over Father Jerry would brutally rape, strangle and torture Will and his brother and even force them to perform sex acts on each other. He threatened that he would tear their sister's skin off piece by piece and kill their parents if either boy ever told. Neither boy talked at the time out of fear and instead chose to live with the pain for years.



Sadly, the incident with Will and his brother was not an isolated one for Father Jerry. Newspaper investigations that have included interviews with Father Jerry's family have produced stories that indicated he had begun abusing his own sister when she was seven and he was eleven. He would later be accused of also molesting and raping his own nieces and nephews.



This pattern of rape and sodomy apparently was uncovered by the Catholic Church as early as the late 1960's when Father Jerry was sent to a Catholic hospital that dealt with sexual deviance. Despite the allegations, Father Jerry was soon placed back in a Jesuit high school in Los Angeles and allowed to teach high school boys. Not surprisingly, stories of young men being molested at the school during the 70's and 80's by Father Jerry were reported to the Catholic Church. Yet Father Jerry continued to teach at Loyola. Finally, in the mid 1990's, Father Jerry's own brother reported him to the Catholic Church for the molestation of his daughter, Father Jerry's niece.



Father Jerry was again sent to the Catholic hospital for evaluation and again he was returned to the school. However, as the evidence of his numerous rapes and torture scenes mounted, the Catholic Church made a decision in the late 90's to simply pack him up and send him to a very nice retirement home situated in the scenic valley around Los Gatos, California. Apparently, the facility is known to house a number of other priests who have been accused of sexual attacks, earning it the nickname, "The Rapists Resort".




Despite the dogged determination of Will to locate other victims and present them to the District Attorney's Office for investigation into Father Jerry's illegal activities, Will could not find a single prosecutor willing to charge Father Jerry. Story after story in newspapers across California talked of Father Jerry as being "one of the worst of the worst" yet he managed to escape criminal prosecution. At one point he was even a suspect in the murder of a fellow priest but again he was not charged.



To date, at least 15 victims of Father Jerry's sexual attacks have come forward and it is unknown how many others have chosen to stay silent. In the meantime, Father Jerry continues to reside in the retirement home in California where he is paid a pension and allowed to come and go as he pleases.
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Father Jerry continues to reside in the retirement home in California where he is paid a pension and allowed to come and go as he pleases.




Come and go as he pleases?



Unfortunate choice of words
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Why didn't he beat him when he was 7 years old? 35 years is a long time to wait.
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Why didn't he beat him when he was 7 years old? 35 years is a long time to wait.


It took 35 years to plot his elaborate revenge.
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