April 23, 2005

Sex-abuse suit revived against S.L. diocese

Deseret Morning News

By Linda Thomson
Deseret Morning News

The Utah Supreme Court has agreed to review a portion of a lawsuit brought by two brothers against the Catholic Diocese of Salt Lake and a former priest that the brothers allege molested them when they were boys.
The civil lawsuit brought in 2003 by Charles Matthew Colosimo and Ralph Louis Colosimo, now adults, was dismissed by a district court and the Utah Court of Appeals because the statute of limitations had run out.
However, the Utah Supreme Court this week granted a petition for a writ of certiorari, essentially stating it would review the case. Legal briefs for both sides will be filed this summer and, after that, the high court might schedule a hearing for oral arguments.
But the high court will review only a narrow issue: "Whether plaintiffs' awareness of sexual abuse entailed a reasonable knowledge of, or a duty to inquire about, the facts necessary to support claims that defendants knew of the abuse and failed to adequately supervise the perpetrator or to prevent the abuse."

Posted by kshaw at April 23, 2005 08:45 AM