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Sexual Assault Bills

By: AP
By: AP

Two lawmakers are drawing up bills designed to extend or eliminate the statute of limitations in child sexual assault cases.

Golden Democratic Senator Joan Fitz-Gerald plans to introduce a bill that would give adults who were victimized as minors more time to file civil lawsuits.

And Denver Democratic Representative Rosemary Marshall is drafting a bill to eliminate the statute of limitations for criminal charges involving sex crimes against children.

Both lawmakers say they're motivated by a clergy sexual-abuse scandal that has plagued U.S. Roman Catholic dioceses since 2002.

The bills are expected to be filed next year.

Five men have filed lawsuits against the Archdiocese of Denver alleging they were molested by former priest Harold Robert White.

The lawsuits allege the archdiocese was aware of the allegations against White, but only transferred him to other parishes.

White has called the allegations contain "half-truths."


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