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Alleged Victim to Highlight Priest's Abuse at Assault Trial

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(SANTA CLARA, Calif.) -- William Lynch, the Bay area man accused of beating the former priest who allegedly sexually assaulted him as a child, is using the charges against him to highlight what he says are the priest's unexposed crimes.

Lynch appeared in court Friday on charges he attacked Father Jerry Lindner at a Los Gatos retirement home for Jesuit Priests on May 10, where he allegedly beat him in front of several witnesses, according to San Francisco ABC News affiliate KGO-TV.

According to prosecutors, Lynch is accused of carrying out a premeditated attack on Linder and can be heard on 911 tapes making death threats against Linder, KGO-TV reported.

Lynch, 43, has said he will plead not guilty, but he did not enter a plea during Friday's hearing before a Santa Clara County Superior Court judge.

Lynch was ordered by the judge to not have any contact with Lindner, the priest he claims abused him and others more than 35 years ago.

Lynch has accused Linder of sexually abusing him when he was seven years old and his younger brother was four back in 1975 during weekend camping trips in the Santa Cruz Mountains.  According to Lynch, the brothers were raped and forced to have oral sex with each other while Lindner watched.

Lindner has denied any sexual assault and has never been criminally charged.

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