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Sexual Misconduct by Clergy and Church Workers - Part 1

A Missouri court ruled that a church was not liable, on the basis of negligent supervision, for the sexual molestation of a child by a church's youth pastor.

Key point 10-09.2. Some courts have found churches not liable on the basis of negligent supervision for a worker's acts of child molestation on the ground that the church exercised reasonable care in the supervision of the victim and of its own programs and activities.

Negligence as a Basis for Liability

* A Missouri court ruled that a church was not liable, on the basis of negligent supervision, for the sexual molestation of a child by a church's youth pastor despite the fact that church leaders were aware of a prior incident of inappropriate conduct by the youth pastor with the victim. Several church members found the youth pastor (Pastor Jeff) hiding with a young girl (Claire) under the church chancel. They were playing "hide-and-seek." The next day, Pastor Jeff submitted a letter of resignation to the church's senior pastor, in which he said:

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Richard R. Hammar is an attorney, CPA and author specializing in legal and tax issues for churches and clergy.

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