Is there an attorney that deals with adult sexual molestation/harrassment in the state of MO? What are the statue of limitations for reporting against a church organization?
Country relating to Question: United States
State (if USA): Missouri
The harrassment/ molestation happened in 2006. It is just now that my family is and I am mentally prepared to face the long journey associated with a formal report against The United Methodist Conference.
Thank you for trusting Just Answer. I will answer as clearly as possible.Are you talking about a Civil Action against the church, a criminal action against the individual or both?
a sexual molestation-Harassment which occurred in 2006. The Assistant to the Bishop, also my then pastoral mentor, molested me while on a UM mission trip to Central America.As he rubbed on my shoulder and arm, he rubbed his clothed genitals and masturbated in the jet plane seat next to me, not once, but multiple times. Hethen asked me not to tell anyone. Later, he showed me pornography on the United Methodist Conference computer. Then, he asked for favors when he was to sign my papers which were requiredas part of the review by the Ordained Ministry Team.
This report happened just days before the 2006 Annual Conference. Several meetings were scheduled with. There seemed to be an urgency in having this issue resolved before Annual Conference. The accussed admitted to this action. The orchestrated timing was unrealistic for me, vulnerable and traumatized, to make a sound and healthy decision. Nonetheless, I was pressured into a non-formal resolution and gagged not to share my trauma.
Since that non-formal reporting, my husband a United Methodist pastor, has not received an appointment through this Bishop. He has his Master's Degree and now is forced to work for minimum wage. I am no longer am associated with the United Methodist Conference.
In the March issue of the United Methodist Review, a photo of my molester was celebrated as the chairperson of a retired United Methodist Pastors organization.
Finally, after six years of suffering and professional counseling I am ready to endure the long journey of a formal reporting.
What type of non-formal reporting occurred? Did you sign some sort of release or waiver of claim?Also, did the only physical act occur in Central America?Do you know if you where over the US when he committed the acts on the plane?
Non-formal reporting was to my District Superintendent of The United Methodist Conference a clergy, another Conference staff, my molester, an advocate and myself.
A non-formal resolution was signed through the use of a fax machine. It was not notarized. There were no legal persons involved.
The physical act began on the take off of the jet plane from the Dallas Airport and continued periodically throughout the trip to Central Am.
It resumed whenever we returned from Central America back to Dallas.
There are two issues going on here. Since the acts appear to have occurred in and around Dallas, TX, Texas law would apply. CRIMINAL: Child molestation in Texas is covered by different state laws. For example, Texas Penal Code section 21.02 makes it a crime for anyone 17 or older to engage in sexual conduct with a child. Further, Texas Family Code section 261.109 states that it is a crime for anyone with knowledge or cause to believe that a child is being subject to mental or physical abuse and not report it. A conviction for continuous sexual abuse of a child is a first-degree felony, with potential punishments of up to $10,000 in fines and no more than 99 years and no less than five years imprisonment. Like any other crime, child molestation charges are subject to statutes of limitation. According to the Texas Code of Criminal Procedure section 12.02, Misdemeanor charges must be brought within two years from the date of commission. Sexual assaults, including sexual abuse of a child, have no limitation, and a charge for these offenses can be brought at any time. This crime can be reported by contacting the Dallas prosecutor's office or police department.CIVIL SUIT: The Texas statute of limitations for a civil suit based on sexual abuse is 5 years. See Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code 16.0045. However, the Texas Legislature provided an exclusion to that rule that allows tolling of that time period during the time a plaintiff is under the age of 18 years. In other words, the 5 year limit does not begin until the victim turns 18. You may be very close to the Statute of Limitations if you intend to sue civilly. This means that you need to quickly meet with an attorney to review your case and determine your steps in filing a suit. The attorney would likely need to be a Dallas attorney.
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