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Doe v. Roman Catholic Bishop of Sacramento, C061842

By FindLaw Staff on November 11, 2010 | Last updated on March 21, 2019

Suit against a Diocese for molestation barred by statute of limitations

Doe v. Roman Catholic Bishop of Sacramento, C061842, concerned a plaintiff's suit against a Diocese, claiming that she suffered damages as a result of priests' molestation of her sons.

In affirming the trial court's judgment sustaining the Diocese's demurrer to the complaint because, among other reasons, plaintiff's action was barred by the statute of limitations, the court held that plaintiff's causes of action, even assuming without deciding that they have substantive merit, accrued almost 20 years ago and are barred by the statute of limitations as plaintiff had a duty of inquiry, under the circumstances as alleged in her complaint, when the priests fled the country.

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