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Sexual Molestation Suit Against Priest, Church Dismissed

Statute of limitations had expired.


Rigazio v. Archdiocese of Louisville, 1993 WL 153206 (Ky. App. 1993) (unpublished opinion)

Key point: Minors who are sexually molested by church workers may not sue their church after the statute of limitations has expired. Generally, the statute of limitations begins to run on a minor's 18th birthday. In some states the statute of limitations does not begin to run until an adult survivor of child sexual molestation "discovers" that he or she has experienced physical or emotional suffering as a result of the molestation. Other states do not recognize this so-called "discovery rule."

A Kentucky appeals court ruled that a 24-year-old adult was barred by the statute of limitations from suing a priest and his church on account of the priest's alleged acts of molestation.

A Catholic priest sexually molested a young boy who attended a parochial school. The acts of molestation ...

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