Church Sex Abuse Victim Seeks End Of Statute Of Limitations

Attorney says is precedent to expand the statute of limitations because the diocese covered up the facts

Joe DeStio
August 28, 2018 - 4:49 pm
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Related: First Lawsuit Since Grand Jury Report Filed Against Pittsburgh Diocese

PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - A man who says he was sexually abused by a priest in the Pittsburgh Catholic Diocese has filed what may be the first civil suit based on the findings of the recently released statewide grand jury report.

The victim, self-identified as James Saitta says he was sexually assaulted as a minor numerous times by Farther James Hoehl between 1979 and 1984 when Saitta was 12 years old.

Saitta says the abuse happened at Hoehl’s resident at the Quigley School in Baden as well as the priest’s cabin in Somerset County.

His attorney Alan Perer tells the KDKA Radio Afternoon News, “we are challenging and trying to expand in the courts the statute of limitations for civil cases based largely on what the grand jury report stated."

Perer adds there is precedent to expand the statute of limitations because the diocese covered up the facts.

“Had he had that information, which was concealed, he could’ve filed a case against the priest as well as the diocese within the statute of limitations.”

The grand jury report says that more than 20 complaints of sexual abuse were in secret files.

The suit names Bishop David Zubik, Cardinal Donald Wuerl, and the diocese as defendants.