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Violent Assault on Priest Related to Sexual Abuse

priests-150x150Approximately thirty-five years ago, William Lynch and his brother were sexually abused by a Jesuit priest. During the past thirty-five years, he has dealt with issues involving depression, nightmares and suicide. He had lived with anger and pain for more than three decades.

A Priest Rapes And Molests Five and Seven-year-olds

William was five-years-old and his brother was seven when they were raped and forced to have oral sex with each other by Father Lindner. Father Lindner, a Jesuit priest, forced them to do these sexual acts, then watched them for his own amusement.

Father Linder, now sixty-five years of age, has been accused by a dozen people of sexual abuse. Among those he abused were his sister, nieces and nephews.

Payment of $625,000 in Damages in 1998

In 1998, Mr. Lynch and his brother settled a lawsuit brought for sexual abuse against Father Lindner and the Jesuit Roman Catholic Order. They received a $625,000 settlement related to Father Lindner abusing them in 1975 during a weekend camping trip in the Santa Cruz Mountains.

Father Lindner has also been named in two additional lawsuits involving sexual abuse. These cases involved in a $660 million dollar settlement struck between the Catholic Church and approximately 550 sexually-abused individuals in 2007.

Anger Boils Over

Mr. Lynch let his anger and depression get to him in May of 2010. On May 2010, Mr. Lynch drove himself to the Jesuit Sacred Heart retirement home in Los Gatos, California. He confronted Father Lindner. He brutally beat him on the face and body.

Mr. Linder was charged with criminal assault. His attorney has plead not guilty and the case is currently pending. Mr. Lynch said “I wanted to exorcise all of the rage and anger and bitterness he put into me. You can’t put into words what this guy did to me. He stole my innocence and destroyed my life”.

I question whether any jury will find Mr. Lynch guilty of taking his revenge for the insidious, incredible and outrageous actions of Father Linder.

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