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Georgia Jury Awards $500K to Woman Who Sued Over Sexual Abuse by Pastor

A Georgia jury has awarded $500,000 to a woman who sued her former pastor, alleging that he had sexually abused her for years, starting when she was 15 years old. Jurors in Columbus found that Lewis Clemons, who led the …

Sisters’ Lawsuit Against Pennsylvania Diocese Claims Sex Abuse by Priest

Two sisters have sued a Catholic priest, his central Pennsylvania diocese and two ex-bishops who supervised him, saying the cleric molested them repeatedly as girls — including one at her first Communion party. The younger sister, who is now 47, …

Jury Says Florida Church Must Pay Burn Victim

Jurors in Florida have determined that the Agape Baptist Church must pay $471,798.50 to a man who was severely burned after setting fire to a pile of trash while working off community service hours. The verdict in Ocala includes $300,000 …

‘Devil’s Tooth Exorcism’ Results in $3.7M Claim Against Tennessee Church

A Tennessee pastor said he cast out a parishioner’s demon, but a lawsuit contends that only the plaintiff’s tooth was exorcised. According to The Mountain Press, Andrew Byrd filed a $3.7 million lawsuit against the Family Chapel Church of God …

New Jersey Diocese Settles Priest Sex Abuse Case for $1M

The Diocese of Trenton and lawyers for five men who were abused by a New Jersey priest in the 1970s and 1980s said they have reached a seven-figure settlement. The diocese said allegations against the Rev. Ronald Becker, who died …

Man Gets $6.3 Million in Illinois Priest Abuse Case

A nine-year legal fight by a man sexually abused by a priest in the 1970s is over, now that a southern Illinois diocese and its insurer have handed over $6.3 million to resolve a jury award in the man’s favor. …

Auditors Cite Catholic Church’s Lapses in Child Abuse Prevention

Auditors hired by the U.S. bishops to check child safety in America’s Roman Catholic dioceses each year warned in a new report this week of a drift away from parts of the church’s nine-year-old abuse prevention plan. The agency the …