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Jury finds Delaware church guilty of negligence

Jury finds Delaware church guilty of negligence
Posted June 18th, 2013 @ 7:22am by The Associated Press

DELAWARE, Ohio (AP) --A Delaware County jury has ruled that a church should pay $3.6 million to a woman who was sexually assaulted by a former pastor when she was a teenager.

Jurors found Monday that Grace Brethren Church was negligent in supervising pastor Brian L. Williams. He pleaded guilty to assaulting the girl in 2008 and is serving an eight-year prison sentence.

The woman and her father sued the Grace Brethren Church in Delaware because that church had supervised and supported Williams as a youth pastor at an affiliated church in Sunbury.

The lawsuit claims the woman, who was 15 at the time of the assault, suffers from post-traumatic stress.

The jury also awarded $75,000 to the woman's father.

In a statement, Grace Brethren Church says "we accept the jury's verdict but respectfully disagree with their decision. 


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