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Man Sues Diocese and Two Priests Over Abuse

The lawsuit was barred by the statute of limitations.

A Maryland court ruled that a 34—year—old adult's lawsuit against a diocese and two priests who molested him when he was a minor was barred by the statute of limitations. The victim was repeatedly molested by the two priests while serving as an altar boy over a period of 6 years. The priests gained his trust by giving him money and gifts. One of the priests used pornographic materials while molesting the victim, and also took pornographic pictures of him. The victim claimed that the archdiocese learned as early as 1967 that one of the priests was a pedophile, and required him to undergo therapy. The priest was later assigned to the parish in which the victim served as an altar boy. The victim claimed that it was not until he was 33 years old (in 1994), when his marriage was "falling apart," that he first became aware that he had been injured as a result of the priests actions. ...

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  • July 1, 1997

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