Remaining charge dropped in California priest assault case

A man acquitted of assaulting a priest he says molested him decades ago won't face another trial.

Santa Clara County District Attorney Jeffrey Rosen said Wednesday his office won't pursue a misdemeanor assault charge against William Lynch.

A jury acquitted Lynch last week of felony assault and felony elder abuse after a 2010 altercation with Jerold Lindner, a retired Jesuit priest. Lynch testified that Lindner molested him in 1975.

The jury deadlocked 8-4 to convict Lynch of the misdemeanor assault count.

Rosen also said his office is deciding whether to charge the priest with perjury after he denied under oath that he molested Lynch.

The Catholic Church earlier paid $650,000 to settle a lawsuit Lynch filed accusing Lindner of sexual abuse.