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FIJA: William Lynch Found Not Guilty in Beating of Priest He Said Sexually Abused Him

• ABC News
William Lynch, the 44-year-old California man who admitted he pummeled a Jesuit priest who he said abused him as a boy, has been found not guilty of felony assault and elder abuse charges. ...

Lynch passed up a plea deal of one year in jail and instead chose to go to trial to shame the man who he said had haunted his memories since his childhood.

"I don't want to go to jail, but I've come to realize that this whole thing is really bigger than me and the way that I've chosen to handle this is to make a statement," Lynch told The Associated Press before the start of his trial. "I'm prepared to take responsibility for anything I've been involved in. I'm willing to do it. I think it's a small sacrifice to get Father Jerry into court."...


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