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Denominations' Liability for Sexual Misconduct Occurring in Churches

This case will be of interest to denominational officers.

Ohio
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Key point: A religious denomination is not necessarily legally responsible for the acts of sexual misconduct that occur in affiliated churches.

• In a case that will be of interest to denominational officers, an Ohio appeals court ruled that a national hotel chain was not responsible for the rape of a woman at one of its local franchises. A campus ministry organization leased a ballroom room at a local Best Western hotel for a social event and hired three women to serve as disk jockeys. At about 1:30 AM, one of the female disk jockeys left the ballroom to use the ladies restroom. While there, she was attacked and sexually assaulted. The woman sued not only the local hotel but also the Best Western national organization, arguing that both organizations failed to provide adequate security. A trial court dismissed the lawsuit against the national organization on the ground that no ...

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  • May 2, 1994

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