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Sexual Misconduct by Clergy and Church Workers - Part 4

A Texas court ruled that a pastor, but not his employing church, was liable under a state "mental health provider" law for injuries he caused to a female counselee.

Key pointSeduction of Counselees and Church Members Clergy who engage in sexual contact with an adult or minor are subject to civil liability on the basis of several legal theories. They also are subject to criminal liability.

A Texas court ruled that a pastor, but not his employing church, was liable under a state "mental health provider" law for injuries he caused to a female counselee as a result of engaging in a sexual relationship with her. A church hired a new pastor who had previously served in two other churches. A few years later the church hired one of its long-time female members (Laura) as the church secretary. Laura began visiting with the pastor about marital problems she was having with her husband. These informal sessions concerning her marital problems grew into regular sessions that took place on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday mornings each week. As these sessions continued, ...

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  • July 2, 2001

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