Negligent Selection of Church Workers—Sexual Misconduct Cases Involving Minor Victims §10.04
Resource. For comprehensive training for church leaders, staff, and volunteers, see R. Hammar, Reducing the Risk: A Child Sexual Abuse Awareness Program (by the publisher of this text).
Key point 10-04. A church may be liable on the basis of negligent selection for a worker's molestation of a minor if the church was negligent in the selection of the worker. Negligence means a failure to exercise reasonable care, and so negligent selection refers to a failure to exercise reasonable care in the selection of the worker. Liability based on negligent selection may be imposed upon a church for the acts of employees and volunteers.
In recent years, several churches have been sued as a result of the sexual molestation of minors by church workers on church property or during church activities. Common examples include the molestation of children and adolescents by youth pastors, camp counselors, ...