Calif. man charged with assault in priest attack

A California man faces a charge of beating a Jesuit priest who allegedly molested him and his brother more than 30 years ago.

Amy Cornell, a spokeswoman for the Santa Clara County district attorney, said Wednesday that William Lynch faces one count of assault by means of force likely to produce great bodily injury.

His attorney says his 44-year-old client will plead not guilty.

Authorities allege Lynch beat the Rev. Jerold Lindner severely on May 10 after tracking him to his retirement home and confronting him.

Lynch and his younger brother reached a $625,000 settlement in 1998 over the alleged abuse, which the brothers say occurred in 1975 while on camping trips.

The 65-year-old Lindner has denied abusing anyone and has not been charged.