Lawmakers Revive Bill To Remove Abuse Statute of Limitations

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February 12, 2019 - 4:04 pm

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

The Hartford Courant reports the move comes after the state's three Roman Catholic dioceses acknowledged more than 100 priests have been credibly accused of sexual abuse.

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.

Flexer says she hopes the Catholic Church will back the new bill and "allow victims to seek justice."

Catholic Church lobbyist Christopher Healy says they feel the current law gives people enough time to pursue their claims.