Judge denies dismissal in Paterson Diocese sex abuse case

A judge denied a motion Wednesday to have charges of sexual abuse against the Paterson Diocese dropped.

Some of those who say they were abused held a press conference in front of the Morris County Courthouse after the judges decision. A spokesperson for the plaintiffs in the case says the ruling is a victory against the tremendously arrogant diocese representatives.

Lawyers for the diocese tried to argue that the statute of limitations for the case had run out. However, attorneys for the alleged victims stated in court that the statute was not a factor because victims had repressed the memories for a number of years.

Many of the possible cases, which took place between 1956 and 1983, involved former Reverend James Healy. The reverend served at the Church of Saint Joseph in Mendam. Healy has admitted to abusing 16 of the 26 alleged victims involved in the current lawsuit.

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