SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- A Roman Catholic priest on trial for rape and lewd conduct is now facing assault charges for allegedly striking a photographer in the face outside the courtroom.
The Rev. Don Kimball allegedly shoved the camera of San Francisco Chronicle photographer Penni Gladstone into her face when she tried to snap a photo of him as he left his trial for lunch recess.
He was held on $30,000 bail pending an arraignment Thursday.
"He just came at me with his fist," Gladstone said. "I saw the whole thing happening through the camera."
Kimball then allegedly grabbed the camera and threw it, hitting reporter Clark Mason of the Santa Rosa Press Democrat.
A former youth pastor, Kimball faces more than eight years in prison if convicted of raping a 14-year-old girl behind the altar of a Santa Rosa chapel in 1977 and molesting a 13-year-old girl in 1981 at St. John's Rectory in Healdsburg. He denies all charges.
Gladstone went to the hospital for X-rays and a tetanus shot after suffering a cut under her right eye.
"I've been in some rough situations," Gladstone said. "Last year in Guatemala we were carrying machetes around, and then you get decked by a priest."
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