No. 75,044.

260 Kan. 514 (1996)

920 P.2d 405

JEFFREY W. SHIRLEY AND JASON K. SHIRLEY, Appellants, v. ROBERT J. REIF, et al., Appellees.

Supreme Court of Kansas.

Opinion filed July 12, 1996.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

Lee Thompson, of Triplett, Woolf & Garretson, L.L.P., of Wichita, argued the cause, and Rachael K. Pirner, of the same firm, was with him on the briefs for appellants.

Larry G. Michel, of Kennedy, Berkley, Yarnevich & Williamson, Chartered, of Salina, argued the cause, and Thomas J. Kennedy, of the same firm, was with him on the brief for appellees Bishop George K. Fitzsimons, et al.

No appearance by appellee Reif.

The opinion of the court was delivered by


The plaintiffs, Jeffrey W. and Jason K. Shirley, brought this action to recover damages for sexual abuse allegedly perpetrated on them while they were minors by Robert J. Reif, who was a Roman Catholic priest at the time. Also named as a defendant is the Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Salina. The suit against the Bishop is based on a claim of vicarious liability for Reif's improper conduct and...

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