Key point 10-04.3. Churches can reduce the risk of liability based on negligent selection for the sexual molestation of minors by adopting risk management policies and procedures.
A New Jersey court affirmed a five-year prison sentence for a convicted child molester whose participation in a church’s youth ministry violated Megan’s Law.
A registered sex offender served in a church’s youth ministry
An adult male (the “defendant”) was sentenced to prison for sexually assaulting two teenagers. When he was released, he registered as a sex offender with his local law enforcement agency as required by Megan’s Law.
The defendant was an active member of a church and participated in its No Limits Youth Ministry (NLYM), whose mission was “to prepare students to be effective” at home and in school. Eventually, the defendant became involved in a variety of ...