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Sexual Misconduct by Clergy and Church Workers - Part 2

A Connecticut court ruled that a national church could be liable for the sexual misconduct of an ordained minister.

Key point 10-12. Churches face a number of legal risks when they offer counseling services by ministers or laypersons. These include negligent selection, retention, or supervision of a counselor who engages in sexual misconduct or negligent counseling. A church also may be vicariously liable for a counselor's failure to report child abuse, breach of confidentiality, and breach of a fiduciary relationship.
Key point. Churches and denominational agencies may be legally responsible for injuries resulting from the sexual misconduct of ministers (or lay employees or volunteers) if they knew of prior acts of sexual misconduct and failed to adequately restrict or monitor the individual's actions. Seduction of Counselees and Church Members

A Connecticut court ruled that a national church could be liable for the sexual misconduct of an ordained minister on the basis of intentional infliction ...

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  • July 2, 2001

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