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Sexual Abuse and Church Responsibility

A federal court in Nebraska ruled that two churches were not responsible on the basis of negligent hiring or supervision for a pastor's sexual molestation of his minor daughter.

Key point 10-09.2. Some courts have found churches not liable on the basis of negligent supervision for a worker's acts of child molestation on the ground that the church exercised reasonable care in the supervision of the victim and of its own programs and activities.

* A federal court in Nebraska ruled that two churches were not responsible on the basis of negligent hiring or supervision for a pastor's sexual molestation of his minor daughter since the acts of molestation, which spanned nine years, occurred in the family home rather than on church property. An adult female (Julie) sued two churches in which her father (Pastor John) had served as pastor, claiming that they were responsible on the basis of negligent hiring and supervision for her father's sexual molestation of her when she was a minor. Julie claimed that her father, while serving as senior pastor of the two churches, molested ...

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  • March 1, 2007

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