A divided Texas appellate court is allowing a case to proceed against Herman Paul Pressler III, a retired justice of the Fourteenth Circuit Court of Appeals in Houston, accused of molesting a boy he met at a Bible study group that the former jurist led.

The lawsuit also named Pressler’s former law partner Jared Woodfill and the Woodfill Law Firm among the defendants. It claimed a network of people, including religious organizations, helped the former judge conceal the alleged abuse.