Remaining Charge Dropped In Priest Assault Case

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Prosecutors say they're dropping what's left of their case against a California man who was acquitted of beating up a priest he claims molested him decades ago.

Santa Clara County District Attorney Jeffrey Rosen says his office won't seek another trial for William Lynch after a jury acquitted the San Francisco man last week of felony assault and felony elder abuse.

Lynch was charged after a fight with Jerold Lindner, a retired Jesuit priest who Lynch said had molested him in 1975.

The jury deadlocked 8-4, and Rosen said the state won't ask for a retrial.

Lynch said he only wanted Lindner to sign a confession when he confronted the priest at Sacred Heart Jesuit Center on May 10, 2010.

Lynch said an irrational fear gripped him after the priest "leered" at him in the same way he looked at him in 1975.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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