Bill Would Eliminate Deadline for Child Sex Abuse Suits


His name and his abuse had been hidden for decades.

“I was John Doe 76C,” the now-45 year-old recalled.

Then Jim Keenan lifted the veil of anonymity and went public.

And lost.

“It just felt empty. It was over,” Keenan thought.

He was a 13 year-old Apple Valley alter boy when, he said, his parish priest abused him. The abuse continued for two years, Kennan alleges.

When Keenan was 38, he sued the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis and the Diocese of Winona, which ultimately led to his name being revealed publicly. But last year, the Minnesota Supreme Court threw out the case, deciding the statute of limitations had long since expired.

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