Priest at center of attack trial starts testifying

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Posted: Jun 20, 2012 9:08 PM
Priest at center of attack trial starts testifying
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — The priest at the heart of an assault trial is testifying that he never molested the man accused of assaulting him.Lawyers say Jerold Lindner was called to the witness stand late Wednesday in the San Jose trial of William Lynch. Lynch is accused of assaulting Lindner in May 2010. Lynch claims Lindner raped him in 1975 when he was 7 years old.Prosecutors concede Lindner is lying when he denies he molested Lynch and Lynch's 4-year-old brother during a church camping trip, but prosecutors also argue that's no defense against assault charges. The Catholic Church earlier settled a civil lawsuit the brothers filed.Outside court, Lynch's attorney called for prosecutors to charge Lindner with perjury. Santa Clara deputy district attorney Vicki Gemetti didn't respond to email and phone inquiries.