BishopAccountability.org
 
  Priest's Attorney Says Sex Abuse Case Is Too Old

KYW TV
June 8, 2004

PHILADELPHIA The attorney representing the first priest to be charged by the Philadelphia grand jury investigating sexual abuse of minors by religious officials has filed a motion to dismiss.

Mike McGovern - attorney for Rev. James Behan - filed the motion, saying the case falls outside the statute of limitations.

"Our position is - whether the charge is shoplifting or rape or burglary - you can't wait 25 years and expect any American citizen to get a fair trial," stated McGovern.

The defense's motion blindsided the prosecution, which stood ready with Behan's accuser to go forward with the preliminary hearing. Instead, that was postponed until August.

Wil Spade, with the district attorney's office, expressed disappointment afterward:

"We think it's unfair to the victim to bring him all the way down here and then spring this on the Commonwealth at the last minute. And we think ultimately, when this issue is argued, the Commonwealth will prevail."

Behan is accused of sexually abusing a student at Northeast Catholic High School from 1978 through 1980.

Behan, now living in Maryland, was removed from active ministry in 2002, shortly after the accusations against him were made.

 
 

Any original material on these pages is copyright © BishopAccountability.org 2004. Reproduce freely with attribution.
     
guide of business management sytem guide of job opinions guide of capital goods guide of make fast money guide of Debt restructuring guide of home business guide of income money guide of hospital products guide of international market guide of repair roof before winter guide of website income guide of secure your business guide of face makeup tools guide of jewellery arts guide of tv shows guide of best places on earth guide of job plans guide of cheap cars guide of creating products guide of women tools guide of eat less guide of car insurance process guide of sport stuff guide of garden home guide of cheap insurances guide of electronic tech guide of healthy feeding guide of what is next in fashion guide of improve company guide of tactical insurance guide of make money at home guide of development in business guide of dept loan guide of cooking secrets guide of correct companies guide of jobs with more income guide of reviews o general products guide of improving technology guide of ideal job guide of business sectors guide of dept problem guide of unlimited business guide of suitable insurance company guide of money cars guide of how to market guide of heatlhy diet tips guide of decoration tipse guide of security problems