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Volunteer Youth Leader Sentenced to Five Years for Molesting Teen Girl Member access only

Sexual Misconduct by Clergy, Lay Employees, and Volunteers

Convicted Sex Offender Sentenced to Five Years for Violating Megan’s Law Member access only

Sexual Misconduct by Clergy, Lay Employees, and Volunteers

Sexual Abuse Victims Can Sue a Church and Regional Denominational Offices Member access only

Sexual Misconduct by Clergy, Lay Employees, and Volunteers

A Church Could Be Liable for a Retired Pastor’s Acts of Sexual Abuse Member access only

Sexual Misconduct by Clergy, Lay Employees, and Volunteers

Failure to Conduct Criminal Background Check Showed Negligence Member access only

Sexual Misconduct by Clergy, Lay Employees, and Volunteers

Youth Pastor Sentenced to Up to 12 Years for Secretly Video Recording Four Girls Member access only

Sexual Misconduct by Clergy, Lay Employees, and Volunteers

Former Youth Leader Convicted for Attempting to Engage Minors in Sexting Member access only

Sexual Misconduct by Clergy, Lay Employees, and Volunteers

Sexting Contributed to Court’s Sentencing a Man to a 52-Year Prison Term Member access only

Sexual Misconduct by Clergy, Lay Employees, and Volunteers

Christian College Not Liable for Sexual Misconduct of Former Student Hired by a Church Member access only

Sexual Misconduct by Clergy, Lay Employees, and Volunteers

A Nearly $22 Million Verdict for Sexual Abuse Not Excessive, Affirms Federal Appeals Court Member access only

Sexual Misconduct by Clergy, Lay Employees, and Volunteers

Woman Could Sue Her Former High School for Negligent Supervision in Abuse Claim Member access only

Sexual Misconduct by Clergy, Lay Employees, and Volunteers

Pastor Sentenced to Prison for “Sexting” Member access only

Sexual Misconduct by Clergy, Lay Employees, and Volunteers

Church Volunteer Given 35-Year Prison Sentence for Raping a Minor Member access only

Sexual Misconduct by Clergy, Lay Employees, and Volunteers

Church School Could be Liable for Failure to Comply with State Child Abuse Reporting Law Member access only

Child Abuse Reporting; Sexual Misconduct by Clergy, Lay Employees, and Volunteers

Church Protected by “Qualified Privilege” from Defamation Claims by Minister Member access only

Defamation; Sexual Harassment; Sexual Misconduct by Clergy, Lay Employees, and Volunteers

Pastor’s Multiple Acts of Sexual Misconduct Not Necessarily Protected by First Amendment Member access only

Confidential and Privileged Communications; Sexual Misconduct by Clergy, Lay Employees, and Volunteers

Court affirmed Youth Pastor’s 40-year Sentence for predatory sexual assault Member access only

Sexual Misconduct by Clergy, Lay Employees, and Volunteers

Six-Year Sentence for Youth Pastor Who Engaged in Sexting with a Member of His Youth Group Member access only

Sexual Misconduct by Clergy, Lay Employees, and Volunteers

A Church Could Be Liable for Negligent Hiring and Supervision Member access only

Sexual Misconduct by Clergy, Lay Employees, and Volunteers

Statute of Limitations Bars Sexual Abuse Lawsuit Member access only

Sexual Misconduct by Clergy, Lay Employees, and Volunteers