KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) – A Missouri judge has ordered a group that supports sexual abuse victims to turn over decades of records to lawyers representing priests in the Catholic Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph.

However, the Jackson County judge agreed Friday to limit the information that the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests will have to disclose.

The case alleges clergy sexual abuse of a 13-year-old boy in the 1970s.

The Kansas City Star reports (http://bit.ly/IeKExU ) that defense lawyers want to know whether SNAP coached victims and potential plaintiffs on repressed memory.

SNAP officials have strongly denied doing so.

If the diocese’s lawyers can prove that the plaintiffs did not repress and later remember the sexual abuse, the lawsuits would have to be thrown out, under a five-year statute of limitations.

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