His case initially faced the same obstacle stymieing prosecutors pursuing priest abuse cases across the country
Although hundreds of Catholic priests have been accused in recent years of sexually abusing children over several decades, few have faced criminal charges because the statute of limitations to pursue legal cases has passed.
Only two priests in Pennsylvania were charged out of more than 300 accused in July of being “predator priests” in a grand jury report detailing allegations of child sex abuse against more than 1,000 children. The report said “almost every instance of abuse we found is too old to be prosecuted.”
When Templeton first approached Meg Heap, district attorney for Chatham County, Georgia, in 2015 about the abuse he suffered at Brown’s hands, nearly 30 years had gone by. Still Heap said she “just had to look into this.”
As she did, she realized Brown would walk free under Georgia’s statute of limitations. So, Heap appealed to the US Attorney for the Southern District of Georgia to investigate.