The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
Clergy sex abuse victim files new lawsuit against fugitive
Its the first of what may be dozens more, thanks to new ruling
Two weeks ago, a judge loosened Californias statute of limitations
Man was repeatedly molested in 1980s by cleric who has fled to Mexico
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This new lawsuit is believed to be the first brought under a ruling earlier this month by a three judge northern California appeals panel. The decision relaxed the statute of limitations and opened the doors to more civil lawsuits from victims who were molested as children (but who only discovered the source of their adult difficulties in recent years). More and more judges across the country, SNAP says, are gradually realizing that many who were sexually assaulted during their youth don't realize that the childhood crimes caused on-going and severe trauma that still impacts them years later as adults.
In 1989, Urbina pled guilty to committing lewd acts with a child but then fled the US. Since then, hes been living and working in the city of Navojoa, Sonora, Mexico. As recently as last summer, he was saying mass and presenting himself in public as a priest.
In 2003, Urbina was sued for the first time for abuse.
The new suit seeks a jury trial and charges the Sacramento diocese with negligence and fraud. St. Paul attorney Jeff Anderson, who has represented hundreds of child sex abuse victims across the country, is co-counsel on the case.
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