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Personal Injuries - Part 1

On Church Property or During Church Activities

• An Illinois state appeals court ruled that a church and a parent denomination were not legally responsible for a pastor's homosexual assault of three boys. A Methodist pastor allegedly molested three boys. The boys' parents sued the pastor, his church, and the Central Illinois Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church, claiming that the boys had suffered severe emotional damage. The parents claimed that the church and the president of the church board were liable for the pastor's conduct on the basis of "respondeat superior" (a legal theory under which an employer generally is legally responsible for the misconduct of employees committed within the course of their employment). The parents claimed that the Conference negligently assigned the pastor to the church, knowing of a prior homosexual assault on another boy several years earlier. A trial court dismissed the "respondeat ...

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  • September 3, 1990

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