March 22, 2005

Abbey Says Statute Of Limitations Expired In Sex Case

The Times Record

By Aaron Sadler
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The statute of limitations has expired on a former Subiaco Academy studentís lawsuit against the school, and his sexual abuse complaint should be dismissed, the school claims.

In a federal court filing last week, an attorney for the Logan County parochial school asked for dismissal of the suit filed by Joffre J. Miller of Texas.

Miller was a student at Subiaco Academy in the late 1970s. He alleges in his complaint that the Rev. Nicholas Fuhrmann sexually molested him from 1976-79 while Fuhrmann was his teacher and boxing coach.

The suit against the school and Fuhrmann was filed in U.S. District Court in Fort Smith.

The school claims the statute of limitations for Millerís allegations would have expired in 1983. The school cites a state law giving someone up to three years after their 18th birthday to seek legal relief for events that occurred while they were minors.

Posted by kshaw at March 22, 2005 09:58 AM