Priest’s Plea On Photographer Assault: Not Guilty

By: Jim Rosenberg

A Roman Catholic priest, the Rev. Donald Kimball, pled not guilty Thursday to charges that he assaulted San Francisco Chronicle photographer Penni Gladstone and damaged her camera.

Gladstone said Kimball shoved her camera into her face during an April 9 recess from a Sonoma County trial in which he was later convicted. He also is alleged to have thrown the camera, which struck Clark Mason, a reporter for The Press Democrat in Santa Rosa.

A public defender sought to postpone a preliminary hearing until after Kimball’s May 15 sentencing for lewd conduct with a 13-year-old girl in 1981 — for which he faces 14 years in prison. He was acquitted of raping a 14-year-old girl.

The prosecutor told the Chronicle that a conviction for assaulting Gladstone could add six years and eight months to Kimball’s sentence.

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