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Inquirer Editorial: Needed legislation gives child sexual abuse victims more time to sue

Philly.com, October 6, 2016

The Pennsylvania Senate can redeem itself by supporting a bill it earlier gutted that would expand both the criminal and civil statutes of limitation on child sex abuse. The legislation would allow pedophilia victims who were assaulted years ago to sue institutions that protected their abusers for decades.

The House is expected to pass its original bill and send it to the Senate before it recesses for the November election. 

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Attorney General Madigan Urges Lawmakers to Eliminate Statutes of Limitations on Child Abuse Crimes

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Settlement Reached in Federal Lawsuit Involving Diocese in India

Jennie Lissarrague, Eye Witness News 5, KSTP.com, October 03, 2016

A settlement has been reached that prevents a priest convicted of sexual abuse from returning to the ministry.

Prosecutors say the Rev. Joseph Palanivel Jeyapaul assaulted Megan Peterson multiple times in 2004 and 2005, starting when she was 14. Jeyapaul was a priest at the Blessed Sacrament Church in Greenbush, Minnesota, near the Canadian border, at the time.

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Former priest, Navy chaplain to be sentenced in child porn case

Associated Press, October 2, 2016, Crux

WILMINGTON, Del. - A former Navy chaplain and Catholic priest who sexually assaulted a Naval Academy midshipman years ago is facing sentencing on federal child pornography charges.

Sentencing for John Thomas Matthew Lee of Millsboro, which has been postponed several times, is now set for Wednesday, Oct. 5.

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Former altar-boy coordinator at St. Brendan arraigned on child-rape charges

By Staff, Sep. 29, 2016, Dorchester Reporter

Michael Walsh, 80, was arraigned Wednesday on charges he raped and indecently attacked a Dorchester boy more than two decades ago, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.

In the 1980s and early 1990s, Walsh was an altar-boy coordinator at St. Brendan Church and a coach in the Cedar Grove Baseball League.

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Chicago-based religious order sued for docs on allegations

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Should Pennsylvania sex abuse survivors accept half loaf of justice?

Bill White, Contact Reporter, The Morning Call, September 26, 2016

 Is half a loaf better than none?

Not when it comes to this year's emotional and contentious effort to offer justice to many victims of child sex abuse in Pennsylvania by extending or eliminating statutes of limitations, according to the Legislature's most visible advocate for changing the law.

State Rep. Mark Rozzi, D-Berks, told me last week that he has consulted with survivors, advocacy groups and other House members over the question of whether the House should accept the watered down version of House Bill 1947 that passed the Senate in June.

 

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Lawyers have new tool in clergy abuse cases

By Olivier Uyttebrouck, Albuqerque Journal Staff Writer, Thursday, September 22nd, 2016 at 11:43pm

Lawyers representing alleged victims of clerical sexual abuse told a judge last week that the Archdiocese of Santa Fe is liable for the actions of its priests because it provides them with “extraordinary power” over parishioners, comparable to that of police and corrections officers.

The legal theory, called “aided-in-agency,” is becoming more common in civil cases and gives attorneys a potent new tool in clerical abuse cases, attorneys in the case said.

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Former Director of Recently Suspended Priest Program in Chicago Arrested on Child Porn Charges

The priest who once led a prominent vocational program for Latino men interested in the priesthood has been arrested on child pornography charges, NBC 5 has learned. 

Father Octavio Munoz, of Casa Jesus, will appear in bond court at noon in Chicago, according to the Cook County State's Attorney's Office and Chicago police. 

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Sealed lawsuit alleging St. Louis archbishop knew priest was danger to children set for trial

By Joel Currier,  St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Sept 19, 2016

ST. LOUIS • Circuit Judge Steven Ohmer on Monday set a March 27 trial date for a civil lawsuit in which a Lincoln County teenager and her family accused St. Louis Archbishop Robert Carlson of knowing a priest was a danger to children before the cleric was charged with molesting the teen in 2012.

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