Tenn. Supreme Court: Abuse lawsuit can go forward

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- The Tennessee Supreme Court has ruled that a man who claims to have been sexually abused by a Catholic priest in the 1970s may proceed with his lawsuit against the Diocese of Memphis.

It's not clear how significant the ruling could be for some older victims of sexual abuse. Normally victims have until one year after their 18th birthday to file a lawsuit.

Norman Redwing filed a lawsuit against the diocese in 2008 claiming that he was abused as a teenager by now-deceased priest Milton Guthrie and that church officials knew the priest was a "dangerous sexual predator."

A lower court dismissed Redwing's suit, saying he waited too long to file and was barred by the statute of limitations.


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