A paroled sex offender accused of repeatedly punching a Burlingame priest who asked him to leave the grounds of St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church because he was smoking will stand trial on assault charges.

David Donald Lewis, 43, has pleaded not guilty to the charges but was held to answer on all after a preliminary hearing. At the same hearing, prosecutors also added a new charge of elder abuse.

Lewis returns to court July 25 to enter a Superior Court plea and potentially set a trial date.

Lewis was arrested June 11 after Burlingame police responded to reports of the alleged assault at the church and school and the priest identified him as his attacker.

Church staff reportedly asked Lewis to leave the grounds around 9:22 a.m. June 11 because school was in session. He reportedly walked away from the church but stayed on the grounds smoking.

The 65-year-old priest, who was not dressed in clerical clothing, exited the rectory and told Lewis he could not smoke and asked him to leave. Lewis reportedly approached the priest, who grabbed a broom out of fear for his safety, and punched him multiple times in the face and chest. The priest fell and fractured his elbow while Lewis fled. He was located in the area of California Drive and Rhinette Avenue and he denied attacking anyone.

Lewis remains in custody on $75,00 bail.

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