LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles is asking a judge to throw out a lawsuit that involves 25-year-old molestation allegations against a visiting Mexican priest as trial in the case looms.
Attorneys will be in court Tuesday on the request just a week before trial is set to start.
The church wants a change of venue, saying there has been too much negative publicity in Los Angeles after the archdiocese was ordered in January to release the confidential files of 120 priests accused of abuse.
The plaintiff alleges that a visiting Mexican priest named Nicholas Aguilar Rivera molested him in 1987.
Parents later complained about the priest and he fled to Mexico, where he remains a fugitive.
Police believe he molested 26 children during nine months in Los Angeles.
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