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US church abuse victim on trial for beating priest

The child abuse victim is charged with felony counts of assault and elder abuse.

A US man was abused by a priest as a child,but that doesn’t mean he can beat the aging priest decades later,prosecutors said today as the trial of William Lynch began.

Lynch,44,is accused of beating the Rev Jerold Lindner in 2010 in front of startled witnesses at a retirement home for priests. On the tape of an emergency call,the assailant can be heard yelling,”Turn yourself in or I’ll (expletive) come back and kill you.” Lindner has since recovered.

Lynch has said Lindner abused him and his brother during a camping trip in California. The brothers,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 them. The brothers settled with the Jesuits of the California Province for USD 625,000 in 1998.

Lynch is charged with felony counts of assault and elder abuse. He faces up to four years in prison if convicted on all charges.

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