RIVERSIDE (CBSLA) — An Inland Empire man has filed the first lawsuit against the Diocese of San Bernardino under California’s new Child Victims Act.

In the suit, Nick Flores said a former priest, Father Louis Perreault, assaulted him when he was an altar boy in the early ’90s at Our Lady of the Valley church in Hemet.

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His lawyer filed the lawsuit as a result of AB 218. The California law extends the statute of limitations for victims of child sexual abuse.

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Perreault was a member of the Holy Spirit religious order, which is also named in the lawsuit.

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Flores said the lawsuit was the first step to getting his life back.

“I’ve struggled for many years, and I want people to know that these things did happen, they have happened, and I want to do everything I can to make sure that they don’t happen again,” Flores said.

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Attorneys alleged that the San Bernardino Diocese was a known dumping ground for predatory priests.

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The diocese has yet to issue a statement in response to the suit.