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Church abuse victim faces trial for beating priest

Felony trial starts for Calif. man charged with assaulting priest he says abused him as child By The Associated Press

LOS ANGELES (AP) ' Opening statements are scheduled to begin 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 faces felony charges of assault and elder abuse after prosecutors say he beat the Rev. Jerold Lindner at a retirement home for priests in 2010.

The trial is set to begin Wednesday in Santa Clara County Superior Court.

The 44-year-old Lynch says he and his brother had been molested by Lindner during a camping trip in the Santa Cruz Mountains years ago.

According to a civil lawsuit, 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. The priest has denied abusing the Lynch boys.

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