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Jane Doe vs. Gina Sisk case will go to trial

Feb 21, 2013

By TRISHA PHELPS

Mt. Pleasant News

Henry County District Court Judge Cynthia Danielson ruled on Monday that the motion for summary judgment in the case of Jane Doe vs. the New London Community School District and Gina Sisk has been denied.

On March 2, 2012, Jane Doe filed a civil case against Sisk and the New London Community School district, alleging that Sisk had sexually assaulted Doe from 2000 to 2006, beginning when Sisk was her eighth-grade track coach and ending over a year after Doe graduated from New London High School.

On Oct. 2, 2012, the New London Community School District, represented by Steven Ort, filed a motion for summary judgment in the case filed against them by Jane Doe, represented by Roxanne Barton Conlin.

Sisk, represented by Tammy Westoff Gentry and Alfredo Parrish, also filed a motion for summary judgment on Nov. 19.

Attorneys for Sisk and the New London School District argue that since the alleged abuse ended in 2006, the statute of limitations has passed and the case should be dismissed.

Since the full extent of Doe’s injuries were not discovered until 2011, Conlin argues that the statute of limitations has not yet expired.

The hearing for the summary judgment was held on Jan. 7 via conference call.

A summary judgment, court documdents relate, is “only appropriate where there is no genuine issue of material fact and the moving party is entitled to judgment on the merits as a matter of law.”

According to Danielson’s ruling, neither the New London Community school district nor Sisk had not proved that the statute of limitations had run out on Doe’s claim, and therefore denied the motions for summary judgment.

Because the motions have been denied, the ruling enables the case to go to trial at a later date.

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