Lawyers representing a Colorado man announced a lawsuit against the Episcopal Diocese of Colorado that alleges a reverend sexually abused him beginning at 16 years old in the 1990s.
Jessica Arbour, an attorney with Horowitz Law in Fort Lauderdale, announced the lawsuit Friday morning, crediting the passage of Child Sexual Abuse Accountability Act that went in effect on Jan. 1, which allows a person who was the victim of sexual misconduct that occurred between Jan. 1, 1960 and Jan. 1, 2022 to take legal action before Jan. 1 2025.
“These are the type of issues that people can’t and don’t deal with in an arbitrary timeline that they have to bring their lawsuit,” Arbour said. “The Colorado lawmakers created a new cause of action that allows survivors of childhood sexual abuse a limited amount of time to seek remedy.”
Arbour’s client, who’s only identified as John HA Doe, reported that he was sexually assaulted by Rev. Jerry McKenzie at St. Michael & All Angels Church, Camp Ilium and a cabin near Nederland beginning in 1995. The victim alleges McKenzie abused him in several ways, including over the clothes fondling, stimulation and sexual gratification, Arbour said during the press conference. The victim also said McKenzie would provide him and others with alcohol, drugs and drug paraphernalia to get them intoxicated as part of the abuse, according to the complaint. The abuse continued until the victim was over 18 years old when he was able to break contact from McKenzie, according to Arbour.
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