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Sexual Misconduct by Clergy and Church Workers - Part 2

A Florida court ruled that a church was not liable, on the basis of respondeat superior or negligent supervision, for the rape of a 16-year-old girl by the senior pastor of her church.

Key point 10-10.2. Many courts have ruled that the first amendment prevents churches from being legally responsible on the basis of negligent supervision for the sexual misconduct of ministers.

Negligence as a Basis for Liability

* A Florida court ruled that a church was not liable, on the basis of respondeat superior or negligent supervision, for the rape of a 16-year-old girl by the senior pastor of her church. A young woman sued her former pastor and church alleging that the pastor sexually assaulted her when she was a minor. The woman claimed that the church was responsible for the pastor's acts on the basis of negligent supervision. The victim was 16 when the sexual assaults occurred. Her parents were very protective of her and forbade her to be alone with boys. The victim spent most of her time attending services and volunteering at the church. The victim's family and the pastor's family ...

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  • March 1, 2002

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