The former students also sued Darlington, which did nothing to stop Stifflemire despite complaints from at least two students and the parent of another, according to an investigation by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
But the Hidden Predator Act did not suspend the statute of limitations on suits against institutions such as Darlington. It allowed lawsuits only against the perpetrators.
So after the Darlington case became public, Spencer drafted new legislation that would also permit suits against “culpable entities.”
House Bill 605 would also allow victims to file lawsuits over their abuse as children until they turn 38. Current law requires them to file by age 23.
It also would give the state attorney general the authority to sue predators and institutions in cases of “significant public importance.” Any money recovered through such suits would be split between the state and the victim.
Spencer’s bill has bipartisan support. Three Democrats and two Republicans have already signed on as co-sponsors.