Sex abuse litigation prompted effort to update state law regarding statute of limitations

Gainesville Times

By Nick Watson
POSTED: August 2, 2017

The sponsor of 2015 Georgia General Assembly legislation that extended the statute of limitations on childhood sexual abuse civil lawsuits is now supporting a tougher bill.

State Rep. Jason Spencer, R-Woodbine, held a press conference at the Capitol Wednesday morning surrounded by victims’ advocates and those who have filed litigation under the Hidden Predator Act.

The act allowed for a two-year civil suit window that expired July 1, and a number of cases were filed before the expiration date.

One includes Robert William Lawson III, who filed a suit last year involving former Gainesville scoutmaster Royal Fleming Weaver Jr. and the First Baptist Church of Gainesville. The case is still pending in Cobb County Superior Court.

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