March 28, 2005

A matter of time

FLUSHING (MI)
Flint Journal

Monday, March 28, 2005
By George Jaksa
gjaksa@flintjournal.com 810.766.6332

FLUSHING - Patrick Antos and Anthony Otero got the chance in court to face the priest they said sexually abused them as children.

Now their parents want others to have the same opportunity.

Antonio and Elva Otero of Flushing and John and Lillian Antos of Mt. Morris Township are taking a stand in favor of the state Legislature lifting Michigan's statute of limitations on sexual abuse cases - the time in which such cases can be prosecuted.

The limit on prosecuting those cases is usually 10 years. The families want more time so other abusers can be prosecuted.

"Our children, Pat Antos and Tony Otero, had the opportunity in 2003 to put the man who sexually abused them as children behind bars," said Antonio Otero.

"We ask this question: Why should other men and women who were sexually abused as children not be afforded the same opportunity to prosecute their sexual abusers?"

Posted by kshaw at March 28, 2005 05:30 PM