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Personal Injuries on Church Property or During Church Activities

An Oregon court affirmed the criminal conviction of a man for "stalking" a woman on church property.

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Key point 7-17. Churches do not have to tolerate persons who disrupt religious services. Church leaders can ask a court to issue an order barring the disruptive person from the church's premises. If the person violates the order, he or she may be removed from church premises by the police, and may be found to be in contempt of court. Removing Disruptive Individuals

An Oregon court affirmed the criminal conviction of a man for "stalking" a woman on church property. Many pastors and lay church leaders have been confronted with the problem of stalkers attending church services. In many cases the stalker is a former spouse or a jilted boyfriend. A recent case illustrates the impact such incidents can have on a church. A man ("Bob") met a woman ("Lydia") while she was working at a store. Bob visited the store often, and began asking Lydia to "go out" ...

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  • January 1, 2001