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Knights of Columbus sex abuse lawsuit dismissed

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) – A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit against the Knights of Columbus by a man who said a youth leader sexually abused him decades ago.

Judge Stefan Underhill in Bridgeport says the claim is barred by a statute of limitations.

Underhill dismissed the lawsuit last week. He says the deadline to file the lawsuit under Connecticut law was in 2009.

Two men sued the New Haven-based group in December and said a former leader of the Columbian Squires, the Knights’ official youth program, abused them in Texas in the 1970s and 1980s.

The other lawsuit is pending.

The Knights of Columbus is the world’s largest Catholic lay organization.

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