Justices To Consider Abuse Claims

Ohio justices to consider if time limits apply to church abuse claims

The Ohio Supreme Court today agreed to consider if a man waited too long to sue the Archdiocese of Cincinnati claiming it failed to stop a priest he says abused him as a boy.

The law says lawsuits over sexual abuse of a minor must be filed within one year after reaching age 18. Negligence claims must be filed within two years. But the unnamed victim says the time limit should start counting from 2002. That's when he learned were other victims and the church knew about them. A Shelby County appeals court agreed. That conflicted with a Hamilton County appeals court ruling that says the time limit applies starting at age 18.

The Supreme Court earlier had declined an appeal from the Hamilton County case involving several victims.