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Sexual Misconduct by Clergy and Church Workers - Part 2

A New York court ruled that a school was not liable for the molestation of two children by a teacher while attending a party in the victims’ home that was sponsored by their parents.

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, or the acts did not occur on church property or during an official church activity.
Key point 10-16.3. A church is not legally responsible for an injury that occurs on its premises or in the course of one of its activities if the injury resulted from the intervention of a new and independent cause that was unforeseeable.

Negligence as a Basis for Liability

* A New York court ruled that a school was not liable for the molestation of two children by a teacher while attending a party in the victims' home that was sponsored by their parents. The parents of two schoolchildren hosted a New Year's Eve party and invited ...

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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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  • March 3, 2003

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