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Sexual Misconduct by Clergy, Lay Employees, and Volunteers - Part 1

An Ohio court ruled that a denominational agency was not liable on the basis of negligence for a pastor's sexual misconduct.

Key point 4-05. Most courts have rejected clergy malpractice as a basis for liability in all cases. A few courts have found clergy guilty of malpractice for engaging in sexual misconduct with an adult or minor, or if they engage in "non-religious" counseling.
Key point 4-11.1. Clergy who engage in sexual contact with an adult or minor are subject to civil liability on the basis of several legal theories. They also are subject to criminal liability.
Key point 10-07. A church may exercise reasonable care in selecting ministers or other church workers but still be responsible for their misconduct if it "retained" them after receiving information indicating that they posed a risk of harm to others.
Clergy Malpractice
Seduction of Counselees and Church Members

* An Ohio court ruled that a denominational agency was not liable on the basis of negligence for a pastor's sexual misconduct ...

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  • July 1, 2004

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