Ex-Priest Guilty of Assaulting Photographer

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(AP) A former priest was convicted of assaulting a newspaper photographer outside the courtroom where the cleric was on trial for child molestation.

A Sonoma County jury found Donald Kimball, 59, guilty Tuesday of felony assault, vandalism, and battery.

Sentenced to seven years in the molestation case, Kimball faces a possible additional four years on the assault conviction. A sentencing hearing was set for Thursday.

The assault occurred April 9 when San Francisco Chronicle photographer Penni Gladstone, 49, tried to take Kimball’s picture outside the courtroom. Witnesses said he thrust the camera into her face, breaking her glasses, and gashing her below the eye.

Kimball testified he was trying to avoid getting hit in the face by the camera.

A week later, Kimball was convicted of molesting a 13-year-old girl in 1981; he was acquitted of raping a 14-year-old girl in 1977. Kimball has not been defrocked, but he is not allowed to serve as a priest.

“We’ll let the court speak,” Chronicle spokesman Joe Brown said of the assault verdict.

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