Priest Pleads Not Guilty Of Assaulting Photographer

By: Jim Rosenberg

Rev. Donald W. Kimball pleaded not guilty at his May 24 arraignment for felony assault on San Francisco Chronicle photographer Penni Gladstone, vandalism, and misdemeanor battery. The paper reported that the inactive Roman Catholic priest waived his right to trial within 60 days of a June 20 hearing on pretrial motions.

For his April conviction of molesting a 13-year-old girl in a church in 1981, the former youth minister will not be sentenced until after a motion for retrial is heard on June 7. He faces up to 14 years in prison for the two counts of felony lewd conduct and up to three years and eight months if convicted of the latest charges.

Now 58, the one-time rock-and-roll radio priest stands accused of injuring Gladstone outside the courtroom during an April 9 lunch break from his trial. He allegedly pushed Gladstone’s camera into her face, then grabbed and threw the camera, which was damaged. The camera also allegedly struck Santa Rosa Press-Democrat reporter Clark Mason (as reported by E&P, April 15).

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