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“The stamp of the Saint is that he can waive his own rights and obey the Lord Jesus.”― C.S. Lewis
As many of you know, The Village Church has been sued for $1 million dollars due to sexual molestation of a young student at one of their church camps.
A young woman who was allegedly sexually assaulted by a youth minister at a church camp is suing the Village Church for more than $1 million for gross negligence and the emotional distress the alleged abuse has caused her.
According to the lawsuit obtained by Religion News Service, the Village Church’s former associate children’s minister, Matthew Tonne, allegedly sexually violated the woman, identified only as Jane Doe One, when she was an 11-year-old girl at a 2012 program run by the Dallas-area megachurch at the Mount Lebanon Kids Camp in Texas.
An Evangelical Megachurch Is Sued for More Than $1 Million in Child Sexual Abuse Case was posted by Elizabeth Dias of the New York Times.
Chandler told his fellow Southern Baptists that Tonne, who was a family friend, was fired from the church last October because he had been repeatedly drunk in violation of church rules.
The church was unaware at the time that Tonne was accused of abuse, he said.
The victims’ parents claim they had identified Tonne as the alleged abuser before he was fired, according to the lawsuit.
The suit also details the after-effects of the alleged abuse.
“Jane Doe One’s parents saw their energetic, funny, caring child slowly become withdrawn and angry,” it says.
The woman developed an eating disorder and began to suffer from depression, nightmares, chronic insomnia and enduring suicidal ideations, according to the suit.
She told her parents about the alleged abuse last year, it says. Her parents reached out to the church and police in February 2018 and identified Tonne in May of that year.
“To this day, (church elder Josh) Patterson and Chandler have never personally reached out to Jane Doe One or her family,” the lawsuit claims.
This is a synopsis as written by me.
- TVC/Chandler denies all allegations made by the plaintiff.
- Defendant objects to Plaintiff’s invocation of Discovery Control Plan 3 unless and until all parties can agree upon the specific details of a Level 3 control plan or the specifics can be determined by motion to the Court pursuant to Rule 190 of the Texas Rules of Civil Procedure. Here is a link to explain this in Texas Level 3 discovery -generally expedites trial date.
- Defendant denies that it is liable to Plaintiff for the amount of damages claimed.
- They wish to limit Plaintiff’s right to recover exemplary damages.
- On the off chance that it is proven the *incident* (what the rest of us would call a rape) occurred, “defendant asserts that it is not liable for the intentional criminal acts of its employee as these acts would be outside of the course and scope of the employment.
- So, if things don’t go well and the Plaintiff gets damages, TVC alleges that any award of exemplary or punitive damages in this action would amount to a deprivation of property without due process.
- And, so what if a kid gets raped and experiences emotional pain? Awarding punitive or exemplary damages “is based on impermissibly vague, imprecise, and inconsistent; and therefore, that an award of exemplary or punitive damages in this civil action, and in particular any award not bearing a single digit multiplier ratio to the amount of compensatory damages, would violate the due process provisions.”
- Oh yeah! Dismiss this case and make the plaintiff pay back the money spent by TVC on this lawsuit. “Defendant respectfully asks this Court to dismiss this suit or render judgment that Plaintiff takes nothing, assess costs against Plaintiff, and award all other relief to which Defendant is justly entitled.”
Who is their lawyer, Dustin Gaines?
Well, apparently he is a teaching pastor. Here is his bio. Apparently, he’s a lawyer who defends pastors, not victims.
Dustin is an experienced attorney that handles cases from intake to evaluation and discovery, including expert and fact witness depositions, motion and briefing practice, and eventually all the way through resolution, whether it be through trial, arbitration, settlement, and dismissal, including appeals.
Dustin also brings years of ministry experience to the firm. He has served for many years in church ministry and Christian school administration. Currently, Dustin serves as a teaching pastor at his church in Texas—and as an attorney and pastor—Dustin relates with pastors and will guide you to a resolution of your legal challenge from a pastor/attorney’s perspective.