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North Carolina Appeals Court Ruling Shows Limits of Negligent Selection and Negligent Supervision

Key point 10-09.1. Some courts have found churches liable on the basis of negligent supervision for a worker's acts of child molestation on the ground that the church failed to exercise reasonable care in the supervision of the victim or of its own programs and activities.

A North Carolina appeals court ruled that a diocese could be sued on the basis of negligent supervision for a priest's molestation of a 16-year-old boy, but dismissed a negligent hiring claim and a demand that the priest undergo a test for sexually transmitted diseases. An adult male (the "plaintiff") claimed that when he was 16 years old a priest sexually assaulted him on multiple occasions. He further claimed that the priest had begun to "cultivate a special relationship with him, and began to groom him for sexual assault by exhibiting frequent physical contact with him through hugs and embraces." The plaintiff alleged ...

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  • October 24, 2016

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