...is THE PENETRATOR
Posted On:10/29/2010 8:38pm
Style: German longsword, .45 ACP
So, someone who was molested along with his brother by a Jesuit priest shows up decades later for some KUNG FU REVENGE.
It's just like a Shaw brother flick about vengence except that there's more molestation, and the Jesuit apparently isn't an elderly kung fu master who is incredibly tough to beat in hand to hand combat.
SAN JOSE, Calif. — A man who says he was molested three decades ago by a Jesuit priest was arrested Friday on charges that he tracked down the retired cleric in his retirement home and severely beat him.
Will Lynch, 44, was booked on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon and was to be released on $25,000 bail after his lawyer negotiated his surrender with authorities in Santa Clara County, defense attorney Pat Harris told The Associated Press.
Lynch has harbored a fantasy for years of confronting the priest, who also allegedly molested his little brother, authorities said.
Harris said the Rev. Jerold Lindner, a 65-year-old Jesuit priest, was attacked in March or April at the Jesuits' Sacred Heart retirement home in Los Gatos, but police didn't zero in on Lynch until earlier this month.
The priest's condition or whereabouts weren't immediately known. He has previously denied abusing the Lynch boys and has not been criminally charged. The abuse falls outside the statute of limitations.
Harris said Lynch will plead not guilty when he is arraigned sometime in the next month. He is accused of finding Lindner in his room at the rest home and pummeling him with his fists.
"They're saying he took him into a room and basically beat the hell out of him. They're saying it was pretty close to beating him to death," Harris said of his client. "They're essentially saying that he waited all these years and then took out his revenge. It's sort of the ultimate revenge story."
Lynch and his younger brother settled with the Jesuits of the California Province, a Roman Catholic religious order, for $625,000 in 1998 after alleging that Lindner abused them in 1975 during weekend camping trips in the Santa Cruz Mountains.
The boys, who were 7 and 5 at the time, were raped in the woods and then forced to have oral sex with each other while Lindner watched, Harris said. Lindner has been accused of abuse by nearly a dozen people, including his own sister and nieces and nephews, both before and after he was ordained.
Lindner was removed from ministry and placed at the Los Gatos retirement home in 2001. He was named in two additional lawsuits for abuse between 1973 and 1985, according to the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. The cases were included in the record-breaking $660 million settlement struck between the church and more than 550 plaintiffs in 2007.
Lindner did not immediately return a call left on his answering machine Friday. A message at the Jesuits' provincial headquarters in Los Gatos said the offices were closed until Monday, and no one immediately returned a message.
Lynch declined an interview Friday but in a 2002 Los Angeles Times article, he said he'd had nightmares for years, battled depression and alcoholism and had attempted suicide twice because of the priest's abuse.
"Many times I thought of driving down to LA and confronting Father Jerry. I wanted to exorcise all of the rage and anger and bitterness he put into me," Lynch told the newspaper. "You can't put into words what this guy did to me. He stole my innocence and destroyed my life."
The Associated Press does not identify victims of sex crimes as a matter of policy, but Lunch has come forward publicly to tell his story.
Detective Sgt. Ryan Elder, the officer overseeing the investigation, did not immediately return a call Friday. Sheriff's spokesman Sgt. Rick Sung also did not immediately return a call seeking comment.
Although rare, it's not unheard of for victims of sexual abuse to take revenge upon their abusers -- and it can be normal and even helpful for victims to fantasize about revenge without acting on it, said Steven Danish, a professor of psychology at Virginia Commonwealth University who's counseled sexual abuse victims.
In Lynch's case, reading about Lindner in media accounts throughout the years and realizing he had gone unpunished could have pushed Lynch from fantasizing about a confrontation to acting on it, said Danish, who has not treated Lynch.
"Imagine holding something inside for 35 years and letting it fester. I would expect ... he almost got reinfected by reading about it," Danish said. "He's probably thinking, 'You're living your life and here I am a failure and all because of what you did to me on that day."'
There have been several other instances of violence, sometimes fatal, against priests accused of abuse since the Roman Catholic clergy abuse scandal unfolded in 2002.
In Baltimore, a man who claimed he was sodomized and fondled by a priest a decade before shot the clergyman three times after the priest told him to go away when he confronted him and demanded an apology.
The defendant was acquitted of attempted murder but convicted on gun charges and served 18 months of home detention.
The following year, priest John Geoghan was strangled to death in his cell by a fellow inmate who claimed he was chosen by God to kill pedophiles. Geoghan was serving a 9- to 10-year sentence for groping a boy and was at the center of the Boston clergy abuse scandal. He had been accused of molesting as many as 150 boys.
In the current case, the attorney who represented the Lynch brothers in their settlement said the boys' allegations were shocking but credible.
"I became aware of other cases involving Lindner, so my experience with these cases has been that these things don't happen in isolation," said Michael Meadows, the attorney. "Lindner fit the pattern."
Meadows said he received several "frantic calls" from Lynch earlier this month, but declined to say more.
Lindner was ordained in 1976 and taught at various Catholic high schools during his career, including 16 years as chairman of the English department at Loyola High School, a prestigious Catholic prep school in Los Angeles.
There, he launched nearly two dozen after-school programs for students, including a chess club and renaissance club, and became master of a Boy Scout troop that included mostly lower-income Puerto Rican boys, his older brother, Larry Lindner, told The Associated Press.
Most of Lindner's family severed contact with him years ago after discovering that he had molested his nieces and nephews during family visits when they were as young as 3. They were unaware he had recently been attacked, said his sister, Kathy McEntire.
McEntire said her brother molested her starting when she was 5 -- and she learned 15 years ago that he also abused her son for years. She last spoke to her brother in 2001. "Jerry's violent and I would not be surprised if he did get beat up. I could understand somebody getting that mad," McEntire told the AP. "I've often said myself that I don't trust myself around him. I would likely wind up in jail because I'd probably kick him somewhere where the sun doesn't shine -- and I'm his sister."
During their last visit nine years ago, McEntire asked Lindner if any of the abuse allegations were true.
"I said, 'Is it true? He said, 'Well, some of it,"' McEntire said. "I called him a few choice words and that was the last time I ever saw him."
Larry Lindler, a retired Los Angeles police officer, said he last saw his brother more than two decades ago after he walked in on him molesting his 8-year-old daughter during a visit. The two were playing a game called "blankie" in which Lindner asked the little girl to lie over his lap like a blanket and then wiggled around as if trying to get comfortable.
"The last contact I had with him personally was the day after I caught him with my daughter and I told him he best get in his vehicle and leave," he recalled. "I said, 'If I go out to the truck and get my off-duty weapon out of the glove box, you're a dead man."
Flaccus reported from Tustin, Calif. Associated Press Writer Linda Deutsch in Los Angeles contributed to this report.
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Posted On:10/30/2010 11:32am
Style: Shotokan & BJJ
I'll be curious to see if the jury nullifies.
Posted On:10/30/2010 4:13pm
Originally Posted by sweats
I'll be curious to see if the jury nullifies.
If I was on the jury, I sure as hell would. It is bad enough to get molested (that's horrible), but then to be forced to blow your own brother? WTF?!?! I am truly surprised that pedo wasn't killed.
Posted On:10/31/2010 7:29am
In the UK we recently had a trial where 2 teenagers stabbed an alleged paedophile.
15-year-olds from Streatham and Clapham guilty of 'sex abuse' killing
1:02pm Wednesday 20th October 2010
By Matt Watts »
A 15-year-old Streatham girl has been found guilty of killing a "dirty paedophile" she said abused her and her sister.
The girl, along with her sister’s boyfriend – a 15-year-old from Clapham – kiled Robert Daley, 45, in his kitchen just an hour after they discovered he would not face prosecution for a string of alleged sexual assaults. He was stabbed five times, including twice through his heart.
At the Old Bailey today a jury found the girl guilty of manslaughter, while the boy was found guilty of murder.
During her trial the girl claimed Mr Daley also abused her from the age of 12.
Police had investigated claims of sex attacks on her 16-year-old sister and another woman but had dropped the case because of a lack of evidence.
The two killers. 14 at the time of the attack, went to Mr Daley’s flat in Ferndale Road, Brixton, shortly before 6pm on April 23 this year, after the elder sister telephoned them to say the police had dropped the case. Mr Daley had rung to tell her the news.
Jonathan Rees, prosecuting, told the Old Bailey jury the telephone call was the “catalyst that motivated them to pay him a visit."
The attack took place in the kitchen, where Mr Daley was stabbed twice in the heart.
During the trial, the boy, now 15, admitted stabbing Mr Daley. But both he and the girl told the court it was after Mr Daley abused the girl in front of him. He said he grabbed a knife from the sink and stabbed Mr Daley had gone to grab a knife as he tried to save her.
The pair are set to be sentenced on November 17.
I appreciate that you can't just go around stabbing people to death but I feel a great deal of sympathy for these kids.
Unfortunately the CPS discontinues cases against rapists and child abusers all the time, usually for insufficient evidence and very often because of police incompetence, at least IME.
I have been really tempted to take the law into my own hands re this kind of thing and while I have never given in to temptation in this respect I can understand it when others do give in. I have been really lucky to have access to a lot of therapy, had I not I would probably be in jail right now for settling scores with rapists and child abusers who never paid their dues for their crimes.
Posted On:11/01/2010 7:59am
Style: Judo Sandbagger
As a kid growing up, the Reeve (village mayor) was the uncle or godfather of a bunch of kids some of whom he molested. When the story broke, dozens of us went by his house dressed up for Halloween to burn him down, at least 2 of the molested were amongst us. Police got wind of it somehow, and were protecting his house. They were not happy to see so many masked kids show up out of the shadows, and they were threatening to arrest us immediately. Most of us were under 14 so we didn't care much about being arrested, but we decided to leave.
In totally unrelated events, an abandoned farm house, 2 barns and a bridge were all burned down that night. Halloween was cancelled the following year. :)
Posted On:11/06/2010 12:32pm
Just how common is sexual abuse of children, anyway?
Posted On:11/06/2010 12:59pm
Posted On:11/06/2010 3:12pm
Style: Bits and pieces
Hopefully this serves as a warning to all who would hockey some poor kids out of it.
Posted On:11/07/2010 11:21am
This is terrible..
We had a case here in Ontario a few years back where a teacher was acquitted of molestation charges against a boy so the boy's father went and broke the teacher's kneecaps with a baseball bat.
He got less than two years..the diddler never walked without a cane again.
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Posted On:11/08/2010 11:33am
Style: Muay Thai
I'm surprised nobody killed this piece of **** during his "career". Pre-1975 through 2001 (and probably beyond) is a long time.
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