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Statute of Limitations Can Thwart Child Sex Abuse Victims’ Search For Justice: Lawyer

A decades-old sex abuse investigation into a retired Sarasota pastor is raising questions about Florida’s statute of limitations law and how it affects a victim’s search for justice.

When police arrested Henry Porter earlier this month, they said they knew about his alleged victims for years. But the statute of limitations prevented them from making an arrest.

WUSF’s Kerry Sheridan spoke with Jennifer Freeman, a lawyer who specializes in child sex abuse and child pornography cases. She says it often takes decades for victims to come forward.

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