Arizona judge dismisses child sex abuse lawsuit against Mormon church

Posted on AllSides November 9th, 2023
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An Arizona judge has dismissed a high-profile child sexual abuse lawsuit against the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, ruling that church officials who knew that a church member was sexually abusing his daughter had no duty to report the abuse to police or social service agencies because the information was received during a spiritual confession. In a ruling on Friday, Cochise County Superior Court Judge Timothy Dickerson said the state’s clergy-penitent privilege excused two bishops and several other officials with the church, widely known as the Mormon church,...

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