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High Court Asked To Take Up Priest Sex Abuse Case

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TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/NSF) - A man who claims he was sexually abused by three priests in the 1980s has asked the Florida Supreme Court to take up a case against the Archdiocese of Miami.

The plaintiff, only identified by the initials W.D., filed a notice last week seeking Supreme Court review of a decision by the 4th District Court of Appeal. The notice is an initial step in seeking Supreme Court consideration and does not provide detailed arguments.

The man claims that he was sexually abused at age 6 by another boy and that three priests subsequently abused him while pretending to provide counseling, according to the ruling by the 4th District Court of Appeal. The plaintiff said the trauma caused him to repress the memories until 2013, when he had a flashback.

He later filed a lawsuit in Broward County against defendants including the archdiocese and the St. Bernadette Home & School Association, Inc.

A circuit judge dismissed the complaint against the archdiocese and the St. Bernadette Home & School Association, at least in part finding that it was barred by a statute of limitations. A three-judge panel of the appeals upheld the circuit judge's ruling.

The News Service of Florida contributed to this report.

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