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A Utah court ruled that a national church was not liable for the molestation of two minors by a local church leader.

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Key point 4-08. Every state has a child abuse reporting law that requires persons designated as mandatory reporters to report known or reasonably suspected incidents of child abuse. Ministers are mandatory reporters in many states. Some states exempt ministers from reporting child abuse if they learned of the abuse in the course of a conversation protected by the clergy-penitent privilege. Ministers may face criminal and civil liability for failing to report child abuse.

A Utah court ruled that a national church was not liable for the molestation of two minors by a local church leader despite the fact that it had received reports for more than 30 years concerning the leader's acts of child abuse, and had failed to report these allegations to civil authorities as required by the state child abuse reporting law.

For many years, a man (George) was a lay leader in a local church and also served ...

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