March 10, 2006

Md. Urged to Widen Window for Sex Abuse Suits

Washington Post

By Caryle Murphy
Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, March 10, 2006; Page B05

Michael Goles said he had been living a "paralyzed" and "frozen" life in the mountains of New Mexico for a decade when a stranger called in December 2004 to say that he understood -- as no one else did -- the pain that the former Maryland resident felt.

The caller was Thomas Roberts, a news anchor for CNN's "Headline News" in Atlanta. He told Goles that he had been sexually abused by the same Roman Catholic priest who had molested Goles.

Yesterday, at a hushed, standing-room-only hearing in Annapolis, Roberts and Goles urged a panel of Maryland legislators to extend the time allowed for victims of child sexual abuse to file civil lawsuits against their abusers and those who employ them.

Posted by kshaw at March 10, 2006 07:37 AM