Diocese Report
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It's five days away from a deadline a judge has to release a statewide grand jury report into six Catholic dioceses. The report lists allegations of sexual abuse against at least 300 of what the court has labeled predator priests across Pennsylvania. The report will come two and a half years after a 147-page grand jury report uncovered widespread sex abuse within the Altoona-Johnstown Roman Catholic Diocese. "My bet is that it is going to be very similar to report we saw concerning the Altoona-Johnstown diocese," said Michael Parrish, partner at Spence Custer LLC. Parrish talked to US Thursday about what he believed could be expected from the pending report. "Many of the claims referenced in the report are going to be very, very old claims. The statute of limitations is probably going to be an issue with respect to any civil claims that might be made related to those things being identified in that report," said Parrish. Parrish represented 40 alleged victims at Bishop McCort Catholic High School who said they were abused by an athletic trainer in the '90s and early 2000s. Parrish said as the law stands now, the statute of limitations expires for any victim over 30 years old. "That's part two of the report coming out. I think it's going to likely bring that issue back to the forefront,We're going to see discussions again at the legislative level about Should we modify the statute of limitations Should that law be changed The last time the report came out, with respect to the Altoona-Johnstown diocese, we saw a lot of activity in that regard and I think we'll probably see it again." Parrish said the report will also be a message to those involved in the alleged sexual abuse. "From my standpoint, I think its important to send another message that, you know, these things are not going to be tolerated, people who either engaged in it or helped cover it up are going to be held responsible," said Parrish.