Jury awards $3.6M to Ohio woman in church assault

DELAWARE, Ohio (AP) — A jury in central Ohio has ruled that a church should pay $3.6 million to a woman who was sexually assaulted by a former pastor when she was a teenager.

The jury in Delaware County, near Columbus, found Monday that Grace Brethren Church was negligent in supervising pastor Brian L. Williams. He pleaded guilty to assaulting the girl in 2008 and is serving an eight-year prison sentence.

The Columbus Dispatch (http://bit.ly/14H0FJc ) reports that the woman and her father sued the Grace Brethren Church in Delaware because that church had supervised and supported Williams as a youth pastor at an affiliated church in Sunbury.

The lawsuit claims the women, who was 15 at the time of the assault, suffers from post-traumatic stress.

The jury also awarded $75,000 to the woman’s father.

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Information from: The Columbus Dispatch, http://www.dispatch.com

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