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Recent Developments in Pennsylvania Regarding Sexual Misconduct by Church Volunteers

A Pennsylvania court ruled that (1) a charity cannot be sued when one of its volunteers molests a child who has no connection with the charity, even if it knew that the volunteer had a prior conviction for child molestation; and (2) the charity cannot be sued on the ground that it failed to report the volunteer's acts of child molestation.

Key point. A church is not liable for acts of child molestation by one of its youth workers off of church premises and unrelated to any church program or activity, even if it is aware of previous incidents of molestation involving the youth worker.
Key point. A church is not liable for acts of child molestation by a youth worker on the basis of a failure by church leaders to comply with a state child abuse reporting law following a previous incident of molestation involving the same worker.

A Pennsylvania court ruled that (1) a charity cannot be sued when one of its volunteers molests a child who has no connection with the charity, even if it knew that the volunteer had a prior conviction for child molestation; and (2) the charity cannot be sued on the ground that it failed to report the volunteer's acts of child molestation. A minister and his wife discovered in 1993 that their ...

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