Hearing Set in Delaware Suit Against Jehovah's Witnesses Elders' Failure to Report Sex Abuse - NBC 10 Philadelphia

Hearing Set in Delaware Suit Against Jehovah's Witnesses Elders' Failure to Report Sex Abuse

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    Hearing Set in Delaware Suit Against Jehovah's Witnesses Elders' Failure to Report Sex Abuse
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    A Delaware judge is set to hear arguments in a civil lawsuit by the attorney general's claiming that elders of a Jehovah's Witnesses congregation failed to report an unlawful sexual relationship between a woman and a 14-year-old boy, both of whom were congregation members.

    State law requires any person, agency, organization or entity who knows or in good faith suspects that a child is being abused or neglected to call a 24-hour hotline. The law specifically states that the reporting requirements apply to health care workers and organizations, school employees, social workers, psychologists and law enforcement officials.

    But a lawyer for the Sussex County congregation is arguing that the elders are protected from the reporting requirements by clergy privilege, similar to the confidentiality of a church confessional.