Pastor, Church & Law
Court Decisions Recognizing Negligent Selection Claims
Key point 10-04.1. Some courts have found churches liable on the basis of negligent selection for the molestation of a minor by a church worker if the church failed to exercise reasonable care in the selection of the worker.
This section reviews court decisions in which a church or other religious organization was found liable on the basis of negligent selection for a worker's acts of child molestation. Several of the leading cases are summarized below.
• The Alaska Supreme Court ruled that a church could be legally responsible for the alleged sexual abuse of a 3-year-old child that occurred in a church nursery. The court concluded that the church could be responsible on the basis of "negligent hiring" since it did not exercise ...
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