Fri 10:35 a.m.: Federal suit against former youth leader dismissed

A federal lawsuit filed by three women who claim they were sexually abused as minors by a former youth leader with Trumbull County Children’s Services has been dismissed by a judge.

U.S. District Judge John Adams ruled that statute of limitations prevents the plaintiffs from making any claims after they reach age 20. The women are older than age 20 now.

Attorney David Engler, who represents the women, said he intends to re-file the case in common pleas court in either Trumbull, Mahoning or Columbiana County. And, he said he intends to add at least one more plaintiff that has surfaced since the case was filed last September.

Engler said state courts allow claims within 12 years after plaintiffs reach age 18.