Background checks, policies help some Cenla churches prevent sexual improprieties

| May 8, 2011

Some local churches and organizations have highlighted the proactive stance they take to protect the youths in their congregations against sexual improprieties by church officials.

The recent rape and molestation charges filed against former Donahue Family Church youth leader Angelo Deboray "Doogie" Golatt have raised questions about churches' policies on background checks during hiring and any rules to prevent situations in which a youth might be alone with a church official.

"We have a policy that addresses specific issues to include what is not going to be tolerated," said Gary Maxwell, executive minister with The Pentecostals of Alexandria. "It basically stipulates what is in the law along with some added things that we will not tolerate."

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