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Child sexual abuse lawsuit to be filed next year against San Diego Diocese


SAN DIEGO — Four sexual assault victims of a convicted and now-deceased Catholic priest will sue the Diocese of San Diego early next year, as recently-enacted legislation allows the men to sue for damages even though the abuse occurred outside of the statute of limitations, the attorney representing the victims said Wednesday.

The suit will be filed Jan. 2 on behalf of the victims of Father Anthony Edward Rodrigue, who was assigned to 10 parishes across San Diego, Imperial, San Bernardino and Riverside counties over his 29-year career. During that time, attorney Irwin Zalkin said Rodrigue molested more than 150 boys and was routinely moved from one parish to another without punishment from church officials.