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Sexual Misconduct by Clergy and Church Workers

A Virginia court ruled that an adult male who sexually molested a 15-year-old girl while taking her home from church was in a "custodial" relationship with the girl and therefore was properly convicted of the crime.

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Key point 4-08. Every state has a child abuse reporting law that requires persons designated as mandatory reporters to report known or reasonably suspected incidents of child abuse. Ministers are mandatory reporters in many states. Some states exempt ministers from reporting child abuse if they learned of the abuse in the course of a conversation protected by the clergy-penitent privilege. Ministers may face criminal and civil liability for failing to report child abuse. Failure to Report Child Abuse
Key point 10-11.1. Churches can reduce the risk of liability based on negligent supervision for injuries not involving sexual misconduct by adopting risk management policies and procedures. Negligence as a Basis for Liability

A Virginia court ruled that an adult male who sexually molested a 15-year-old girl while taking her home from church was in a "custodial" relationship with the ...

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  • November 1, 2000

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