Rice v. Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown

Rice alleged Reverend Bodziak of the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown sexually abused her from approximately 1974 through 1981. She did not sue until June 2016, thirty-five years after the alleged abuse stopped. The trial court dismissed the case. The Superior Court reversed. The Pennsylvania Supreme Court addressed the proper application of the statute of limitations to this tort action for the defendants’ alleged role in covering up and facilitating a series of alleged sexual assaults committed by the Reverend. The Supreme Court reversed and reinstated the trial court’s dismissal order. The Court ruled that “the inquiry notice approach to the discovery rule required Rice to investigate the Diocese as a potential additional cause of her injuries during the limitations period.”

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