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Missionary Molests Minor: Is the National Church Liable?

Court rules that crime was not reasonably forseeable.

Key Point 10-04.2. Some courts have found churches not liable on the basis of negligent selection for the molestation of a minor by a church worker since the church exercised reasonable care in the selection of the worker.

Key Point 10-10.2. Many courts have ruled that the first amendment prevents churches from being legally responsible on the basis of negligent supervision for the sexual misconduct of ministers.

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.

A federal court in Kentucky ruled that a national church was not liable for a missionary's sexual molestation of a minor. A mother sued a national church claiming that ...

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  • September 1, 2008

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