Court rules Florida priest abuse suit filed too late
Court rules Fla. priest abuse suit filed decades too late against Miami archdiocese
A Florida appeals court has ruled that a former altar boy who claimed he was sexually abused by a Roman Catholic priest filed his lawsuit decades too late.
The 3rd District Court of Appeal on Wednesday upheld a lower court's ruling in favor of the Archdiocese of Miami. The archdiocese was sued by Jorge Rubio, who accused them of negligence for not protecting him from the priest's abuse when he was 10 years old.
Rubio filed his lawsuit in May 2011, about 35 years after the alleged abuse took place. The judges said the lawsuit was barred by a four-year statute of limitations in such negligence cases.
The court said Rubio filed to show the Archdiocese took steps to prevent him from filing a lawsuit during the proper time frame.
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