- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 12, 2019

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - State legislators in Connecticut have reintroduced a bill to remove the statute of limitations for criminal sexual abuse cases.

The move came after the state’s three Roman Catholic dioceses acknowledged more than 100 priests have been credibly accused sexual abuse, according to The Hartford Courant .

Democratic state Sen. Mae Flexer said Monday she plans to amend the bill to also change the statute of limitations for civil cases.

State law currently prohibits anyone older than 48 from filing a lawsuit alleging they were abused as a minor. There is no statute of limitations to bring a lawsuit in cases where there has been a criminal conviction.

A change in the law could open the church to hundreds of new lawsuits. Overall, more than $110 million has been paid to settle more than 300 claims.

Flexer said she hopes the Catholic Church will back the new bill and “allow victims to seek justice.”

New Haven attorney Thomas McNamara said he has received multiple calls from accusers too old to sue.

“There are lots of people who are older than 48 who are still coming to terms with what was done to them,” he said.

Catholic Church lobbyist Christopher Healy said the church feels the current law gives people enough time to pursue their claims. He said it also supports lengthening the statute of limitations for criminal prosecutions.


Information from: Hartford Courant, http://www.courant.com

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