Tennessee sex abuse claims may have come too late

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Experts in Tennessee law say it's unclear whether allegations of sexual abuse against the former president of the Amateur Athletic Union have come too late for the accusers to seek relief in the courts.

The statute of limitations on child sex abuse charges has changed repeatedly in Tennessee in the last few decades. Nashville prosecutor Brian Holmgren said the type of offense and where the crime occurred are factors in determining if a claim is too old to result in criminal charges.

Two men came forward on ESPN this month with claims they were abused as boys in the 1980s by former AAU president Bobby Dodd. Dodd, who has maintained his innocence through his attorney, was then coaching basketball at a Memphis YMCA.

Memphis police are investigating the allegations.


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  • by Susan Location: Oak Ridge on Dec 26, 2011 at 11:44 AM
    They should check the ruling in the State of Tennessee vs. William Casey in the Sullivan County, Tennessee, court. The use of Felony X parameters may apply if the offenses were early enough in the 1980s. Talk to the DA of Sullivan County Barry Staubus or ADA Julie Canter for more information.

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