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Sex Offenders and Church Attendance

Any decision to allow a known sex offender to attend church, even with conditions, should not be made without the assistance of legal counsel.

Key point. Convicted sex offenders often are subject to probation agreements that restrict their attendance at church services. It is important for church leaders to be aware of such restrictions before allowing such persons to attend church or participate in church activities.

* The North Dakota Supreme Court ruled that a convicted child molester violated the terms of his probation by attending a church service and sitting with a minor child. An adult male (the "defendant") was charged with sexually molesting a four-year-old child. He was sentenced to seven years in a state penitentiary, but the sentence was reduced to seven years of supervised probation in exchange for his confession. The conditions of probation included the following: "You shall not initiate, establish or maintain contact directly or indirectly, with any child under the age of 18, or attempt to do so, except under circumstances ...

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  • March 1, 2007

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