|Sacred Heart Jesuit Center in Los Gatos|
A jury has acquitted a San Francisco man accused of beating a priest at the Los Gatos Sacred Heart Jesuit Center in May 2010. On Thursday afternoon, the panel found William Lynch, 44, not guilty of one count of felony assault with intent to cause great bodily injury and one count of elder abuse under circumstances likely to produce great bodily harm or death.He had pleaded not guilty to both charges. The jury hung 8-4 on a lesser misdemeanor crime of an assault on Father Jerold Lindner and it's not clear if the Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office will refile charges related to that lesser offense or appeal. Outside the San Jose Hall of Justice, Lynch said he was happy with the verdict and surprised by the outcome of the highly emotional trial. Lynch claimed on the witness stand that Lindner had raped and sodomized both he and his brother while they were young children in the 1970s.
His testimony was thrown out after defense attorneys called for a mistrial, saying the cleric had perjured himself. "We've accomplished so much more," he said. "I wanted to bring attention to the issue of child sexual abuse. I wanted to bring Father Jerry into the light and careened the Sacred Heart Jesuit Center as the rapist resort."
Lynch said he hopes the DA's office will prosecute Lindner for perjury. According to several Lynch supporters, the Jesuit Order - where Lindner is a member - has paid out millions of dollars in out-of-court settlements to other alleged victims.
Link (here) to Los Altos Patch
Read the heinous back story of Fr. Jerold "Jerry" Linder, S.J. (here) at the website entitled Counter Punch