Court Dismissed Sex Abuse Cases against Charlotte Docese Because of the Statute of Limitations
Seth H. Langston
June 23, 2014
Diocese Sex Abuse Cases
Today the trial judge ruled that our clients had waited too long to bring their claims for sex abuse against the Diocese. It is critical to remember that this ruling did not have anything to do with whether the Diocese had covered up and concealed sexual abuse by priests or whether Father Kelleher and/or Father Richard Farwell had abused our clients.
We were looking forward to presenting our case to the jury and introducing all of the evidence about how the Charlotte Diocese has acted no differently than many other dioceses across the country in dealing with such allegations.
Despite the Judge’s ruling, I encourage anyone who was sexually abused by a priest of the Charlotte Diocese to come forward.
This case also should motivate people to demand that our legislatures extend or abolish the civil statute of limitations for sex abuse.
Please pray for the brave survivors who came forward.