A Baltimore County legislator has introduced a bill that would make it easier for victims of child sexual abuse to sue for damages, despite pressure brought on him not to do so by the Catholic school from which he graduated.
The bill, sponsored by Del. Eric M. Bromwell, would extend the statute of limitations on filing lawsuits claiming sexual abuse in childhood.
Bromwell, a Democrat who graduated from Calvert Hall College High School in 1994, said he has been flooded with calls and e-mail from alumni and families of students of the school.
Calvert Hall's president recently sent a letter to school supporters warning that the bill could cause "a severe, perhaps fatal, decline in enrollment" by opening up the Towson school to lawsuits by people contending that they were molested years ago by two former priests once assigned to Calvert Hall.
As many as 14 victims of the former priests at Calvert Hall have been identified, but Bromwell said his bill is meant to help a much larger number of victims of abuse. "The news from Calvert Hall hasn't been good," he said. "But I wouldn't be where I am today if it weren't for my Calvert Hall education. So it's a difficult situation."