|Will Lynch holding a picture of himself as a child|
Inside a Santa Clara County courtroom, Will Lynch was arraigned Friday morning on charges of pummeling a retired priest, but outside the Hall of Justice, two dozen protesters boisterously rallied on his behalf. They insisted Lynch is the victim and the Rev. Jerold Lindner, S.J. is the violent criminal. In a case that has raised widespread passion, the 44-year-old Lynch alleges Lindner r@ped him and his brother more than three decades ago; through the years, others also have said the Jesuit priest molested them or their children. The protesters carried signs attacking the Catholic Church and Lindner, including one that read, "Father Jerry R@pes Our Kids." Lynch, who is not in custody, did not speak after the arraignment, but he earlier told the Associated Press he wanted to bring his case to trial in order to publicly expose Lindner. "He took my faith, he took my innocence, he took my sense of self," Lynch said of Lindner, who is named in a lawsuit that alleges the years of abuse. "He r@ped me, he tortured me, he violated me in every single way, and he completely changed who I was supposed to be forever."
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