Pa. Supreme Court Deals Blow To Outdated Child Sexual Abuse Claims

Jul 21, 2021

Credit Matt Rourke / Associated Press

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania's high court has dealt a blow to victims of child sexual abuse who are trying to revive their otherwise outdated claims.

The court on Wednesday tossed a lawsuit by a woman whose earlier legal victory had given hope to other victims who sued in the wake of a landmark report that documented decades of child molestation within the Catholic church in Pennsylvania.

The court says the two-year statute of limitations for plaintiff Renee Rice began to run in 1981. That's when Rice says she was last assaulted by a priest from the Roman Catholic Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown. The priest has denied the allegations.