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Father of Polly Klaas lobbies to get rid of statute of limitations in child sexual molestation cases, Catholic Church fights to keep them

by Dara Kam | April 8th, 2010

A decades-old scandal in which a Wisconsin priest is accused of molesting more than 200 deaf boys could be the saving grace for a proposed change to Florida law that the Catholic Church has fought for six years and is still fighting.

State law gives victims of certain sex offenses, including “non-forcible rape” of children age 12 and older, until they are 21 to press charges. Lawsuits must be filed before the victim reaches age 26.

Under Florida law, Wisconsin priest Lawrence C. Murphy, who died in 1999 after admitting he abused boys in his care at a school for the deaf and blind, could not be charged with the crimes if he were still alive and neither could the religious institution that allowed the molestation to continue.

For the first time in six years, proposals in the House and Senate that would do away with the statutes of limitations have a chance of passing.

The measure has drawn the attention of Marc Klaas, the father of Polly Klaas, a 12-year-old California girl who was kidnapped, raped and murdered in 1993.

Klaas wrote to senators asking them to support SB 870, HB 525 so that victims of the horrific crimes can get justice.

“I understand that the Catholic Church has been one of the primary opponents to this legislation over the years. The fact that the Catholic Church is embroiled in yet another pedophile Priest sex scandal that reaches into the Vatican itself should diminish the power of their opposition as well as explain their virulent opposition to SB 870/HB 525,” Klaas wrote in an e-mail.

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4 Responses to “Father of Polly Klaas lobbies to get rid of statute of limitations in child sexual molestation cases, Catholic Church fights to keep them”

  1. Cannot Wait to Leave Says:

    I have a simple question to the Catholic Church about protecting the victims of systematic sexual abuse in their church – what would Jesus do?

  2. JoeC Says:

    F U C K the Catholic Church. What a bunch of hippocrates. I hope they burn in hell for theyre evil deeds

  3. JohnD Says:

    JoeC, you took the words right out of my mouth. The Catholic Church needs to be shut down and a prosecutor needs to get some balls and file charges against this pope.

  4. Big Daddy Says:

    If the Catholic Church is lobbying this, then we have a violation of Church and State. Why should the church be allowed to do to the government that the government isn’t allowed to do to them.

    Add to that, that now the church has been proven to harbor criminals in their own ranks. It’s time to stop living in the past. No other religious organization has committed such atrocities in the name of G-D. Why else would so many Christian Denominations have broken off from the Roman Catholic Church? If governments had done what they have done, do you think that government would be around today??

    I’m not anti-religion, as I feel they serve a great purpose, just anti-hypocracy.

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