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Sexual Misconduct by Clergy and Church Workers - Part 3

A Texas court ruled that a church and regional denominational agency were not liable for the sexual assault of a church secretary by a pastor.

Key point 10-07.2. Many courts have ruled that the first amendment prevents churches from being legally responsible on the basis of negligent retention for the misconduct of ministers.
Key point 10-10.2. Many courts have rejected negligent supervision as a basis for church liability in cases of sexual misconduct, either on first amendment grounds or because the harmful conduct was not foreseeable because the church was not aware of prior similar incidents by the same person.
Key point 10-18.2. Most courts have refused to hold denominational agencies liable for the acts of affiliated ministers and churches, either because of first amendment considerations or because the relationship between the denominational agency and affiliated church or minister is too remote to support liability.
Negligence as a Basis for Liability

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  • November 3, 2003

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