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Sexual Misconduct by Clergy and Church Workers - Part 1

An Arizona court ruled that it was not barred from resolving a lawsuit brought by a female church member as a result of her pastor’s financial and sexual misconduct.

Key point 10-18.1. Some courts have found denominational agencies liable for the acts of affiliated ministers and churches on the basis of a number of grounds, including negligence and agency.
Denominational Liability

* An Arizona court ruled that it was not barred by the first amendment guaranty of religious freedom from resolving a lawsuit brought by a female church member against regional and national church agencies as a result of her pastor's financial and sexual misconduct. A woman ("Joan") alleged that a church selected a senior pastor despite the fact that the church as well as regional and national denominational agencies had "credible information" that the pastor had a history of stealing money from members, improperly soliciting investments from members, and engaging in sexual misconduct with church members in other states. Joan claimed that the pastor defrauded her out of ...

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  • November 3, 2003

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