3 sex abuse lawsuits filed against Catholic diocese

3 sex abuse lawsuits filed against Catholic diocese

Associated Press

HONOLULU (AP) - Three additional lawsuits were filed Wednesday accusing Catholic priests in the Diocese of Honolulu of sexual abuse.

The three suits allege that priests abused children and teens throughout 1950s and 1960s. The Diocese of Honolulu is a defendant in all three cases, which say the diocese knew or should've known about the abuse.

Over 40 lawsuits have been brought against the Dioceses of Honolulu in recent years. The diocese didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.

The three lawsuits are being filed before an April 24 deadline. Hawaii created a two-year window in 2012 for victims to bring charges against abusers even if the statute of limitations expired. It was extended for two more years in 2014 after dozens of child sex abuse lawsuits were filed in the state.

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