Update: Priest Abuse Case Dismissed

By Bill Dries
The Daily News
March 19, 2009

One of several civil lawsuits alleging child sexual abuse by a Memphis Catholic priest has been dismissed the same week that the Tennessee Supreme Court refused to hear an appeal in a similar case out of Memphis.

The John Doe lawsuit against the Diocese of Memphis that accused the Rev. Paul St. Charles was dismissed Thursday by Circuit Court Judge Karen Williams after she reviewed the high courtís decision in the John Doe lawsuit filed against the Rev. Daniel DuPree.

The court didnít give a reason for declining to hear the DuPree appeal. That left intact an appeals court decision that held the victim had waited too long to file his claim against the Catholic Diocese of Memphis. The lawsuit claims church officials in Memphis knew or should have known that DuPree had a history of sexually abusing children.

But the Diocese argued and the appeals court agreed that the victim had an obligation to ask church officials if they knew of such behavior when he turned 18 years old. That is when the statute of limitations began running.

Read more about the two cases and reaction to the dismissal in Friday's edition of The Daily News.


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