Friday, March 27, 2009

Conn. Considers Extending Statute of Limitations in Sex Abuse Cases

On Thursday, legislators considered a proposal that would extend the statute of limitations "where material evidence is found that could not reasonably have been discovered before, giving victims over 48 [years old] three years from the discovery to bring civil claims." The statute in child sexual assault cases gives people 30 years after they turn 18 to file civil actions. The proposal stems from the case of Dr. George Reardon, who died in 1998, years prior to discovery of proof of his crimes in 2007, "when a homeowner renovating Reardon's former West Hartford home uncovered more than 50,000 slides and 100 movie reels of child pornography, hidden in basement walls." Read more.

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