The Oregon Supreme Court has ruled that a child sex abuse case from the 1980s can proceed against the Lake Oswego School District, overturning previous court decisions that found the case was barred by the statute of limitations.

Seven men, each identified as “Jack Doe” with a number, are involved in the case against the district, alleging their former fifth-grade teacher, Judd Johnson, molested them in the 1980s, and caused permanent psychological damage.

The case was filed in 2008. It turns on whether the men recognized or could recognize as fifth-graders that they suffered injuries as a result of being touched.

It now will return to Clackamas County court, according to attorney Kelly Clark, of O’Donnell, Clark & Crew in Portland, who expects the trial to begin in nine months to one year.

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