High Court Looks at Child Sex Abuse Law

New Jersey's Supreme Court is scheduled to hear arguments Wednesday in a case that examines how the statute of limitations is applied in complaints of child sexual abuse.

The case concerns a man who alleges he was sexually abused by his stepfather beginning when he was nine years old.

The man, identified in court papers as "R.L.," filed a complaint in 2004, nearly 14 years after the last alleged incident. He contends he only became aware of the full effects of the abuse in 2002.

Attorneys for defendant Kenneth Voytac claim that the realization occurred in 1999 and that the complaint didn't fall within the two-year window allowed by law.

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