Child sex abuse law defended before Colorado Supreme Court

Denver Trial Lawyer James Avery represented victim Angelica Saupe f/k/a Angelica Synovic in her case against former Rangeview High School Girls Basketball Coach David James O’Neill Jr. and Aurora Public Schools. The Supreme Court will determine the constitutionality of the SB021-088 (the Child Sex Abuse Accountability Act).

Update: June 20, 2023.

The Colorado Supreme Court held the CSAAA to be unconstitutional as to all claims that were time barred before the enactment of the Act (Jan 1, 2022). The law was not struck down in its entirety and still provides a new statutory remedy against perpetrators and managing organizations that did not exist before the Act, for those claims that were not time barred as of Jan 1, 2022. The provisions of the law waiving government immunity also stand (was not decided), as do the limits on damages for claims under the Act.

Colorado Supreme Court


A decision is expected before July 1, 2023. Victims of child sexual abuse have a three year window to bring their claims dating back to 1960 against perpetrators and ‘managing organizations’ who were responsible for the children’s safety and welfare where the abuse occurred. Victims can claim up to $1 million damages under the Act and have until January 1, 2025 to file their claim. Contact Denver Injury Law, LLC now to learn if you qualify to bring a claim. Phone 303-840-2222.

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