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Judge talks with attorneys in child abuse reporting case


Added 09-07-17 03:03:02am EST - “A lawsuit targeting elders of a Jehovah's Witnesses congregation for failing to report suspected child abuse continues to wind its way through Delaware's court system.” - Washingtontimes.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Washingtontimes.com: “Judge talks with attorneys in child abuse reporting case”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

DOVER, Del. (AP) - A lawsuit targeting elders of a Jehovah’s Witnesses congregation for failing to report suspected child abuse continues to wind its way through Delaware’s court system.

The attorney general’s office sued elders of the Sussex County congregation in 2014 for not reporting an unlawful sexual relationship between a woman and a 14-year-old boy, both of whom were congregation members.

The defendants say they did not have to report what they learned because Delaware’s child abuse reporting law exempts communications “between priest and penitent in a sacramental confession.”

The case has raised questions about whether that exemption unconstitutionally applies only to select denominations using such terms.

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