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The Legal Consequences of Clergy Sexual Misconduct

A federal court issues an important ruling.

A federal court issues an important ruling—Sanders v. Casa View Baptist Church, 898 F. Supp. N.D. Tex. 1995) [Clergy Malpractice, Seduction of Counselees and Church Members, Negligence as a Basis for Liability]

Article summary. A federal court in Texas addressed the complex legal issues surrounding the sexual seduction of church employees by a minister. The court concluded that the employees could sue the minister for negligence, breach of a fiduciary duty, and intentional infliction of emotional distress—even though the sexual relationships were allegedly consensual. However, the court dismissed the employees' sexual harassment claims against the minister, all of the employees' claims against the church, and the minister's wrongful termination claim against the church. This important ruling is discussed fully in this feature article.

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  • September 1, 1996

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