Lawyers representing a Colorado man have announced a lawsuit against the Episcopal Diocese of Colorado that alleges a reverend sexually assaulted him from age 16 in the 1990s.
Jessica Arbour, an attorney at Horowitz Law in Fort Lauderdale, announced the lawsuit Friday morning, crediting the passage of the Child Sexual Abuse Accountability Act that took effect Jan. 1, which allows a victim of sexual misconduct that occurred between January 1, 1960 and January 1, 2022 to sue before January 1, 2025.
“These are the kinds of issues that people can’t and don’t deal with in an arbitrary time frame that they have to take their case to court,” Arbor said. “Colorado lawmakers have created a new cause of action that gives survivors of childhood sexual abuse a limited time to seek redress.”
Arbor’s client, who is only identified as John HA Doe, reported that he was sexually assaulted by the Reverend Jerry McKenzie at St. Michael & All Angels Church, Camp Ilium and at a cabin near of Nederland from 1995. The victim alleges that McKenzie assaulted him on several occasions. manners, including over clothing, petting, stimulation and sexual gratification, Arbor said at the press conference. The victim also said McKenzie would supply him and others with alcohol, drugs and drug paraphernalia to intoxicate them as part of the abuse, according to the complaint. The abuse continued until the victim was over 18, when he was able to break off contact with McKenzie, according to Arbor.
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