Rape Victim: Church Knowingly Employed Sexual Predator

| June 12, 2013

DELAWARE COUNTY, Ohio –  A woman who was sexually assaulted by a youth pastor when she was 15 years old has filed a lawsuit against the church that employed the pastor.

Jury selection began in the case Tuesday morning.

The victim and her father filed the lawsuit against Delaware Grace Brethren Church. The church is accused of hiring, and continuing to employ, Brian L. Williams as a youth pastor knowing he was an accused sexual aggressor, according to the lawsuit.

The court documents state the church is accused of knowingly supporting Williams and recommending him for the position as senior pastor at Sunbury Grace Brethren Church.

According to court documents, the juvenile victim was receiving counseling from Williams at Sunbury Grace Brethren Church on March 6, 2008. During the counseling, the teen says she was raped and forced to perform sexual acts with Williams.

On June 23, 2008, Williams entered a plea of guilty to two counts of sexual battery in the Delaware County Pleas Court.

On August 18, 2008, Williams was sentenced to two, four-year terms in the Chillicothe Correctional Facility.

Williams is not part of the current lawsuit.

The victim and her father are suing the Delaware Grace Brethren Church for intentional infliction of emotional distress, breach of fiduciary duty, willful, wanton and reckless misconduct, negligence, negligent hiring retention and supervision, negligence in failing to report child abuse and criminal acts, respondent superior and declaratory judgment/unconstitutionality of Ohio Revised Code.

The plaintiffs demand in excess of $25,000 in compensatory damages and in excess of $25,000 in punitive damages from each defendant.

 

http://www.nbc4i.com/story/22561831/rape-victim-church-knowingly-employed-sexual-predator

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