June 07, 2005

Molestation cases await ruling

The Kansas City Star
Jun. 04, 2005
Sixteen Jackson County lawsuits alleging past child molestation by Catholic priests have been put on hold until the Missouri Supreme Court answers a key question.

At issue is when the five-year statute of limitations begins to run on child-molestation cases. The appeals court in Kansas City has ruled that it begins at age 21, but the appeals court in St. Louis said it begins when a person remembers repressed memories.

The St. Louis ruling, which was issued this week, criticized rulings by the Kansas City-based court. The St. Louis appeals court asked the state Supreme Court to resolve the matter.

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