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Church Not Responsible for Sexual Abuse of a Minor

Assailant fully to blame for disregarded church's safety policies.

Sexual misconduct by clergy, lay employees, and volunteers

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 10-04.2. 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 10-13.2. Several courts have refused to hold churches and denominational agencies liable on the basis of a breach of a fiduciary duty for the sexual misconduct of a minister. In some cases, this result is based on First Amendment considerations.

A Massachusetts court ruled that a national and regional church were not responsible for the sexual abuse of a minor. A minor (the "victim") was sexually molested by an adult ...

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  • April 26, 2013

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