April 19, 2005

Sex abuse blamed on Chino church

Daily Bulletin

By Mason Stockstill, Staff Writer

CHINO - A lawsuit filed in San Bernardino County Superior Court accuses a local church of negligence that led to child molestation.

In the suit, a Chino family says officials at Inland Community Church "failed to take appropriate and reasonable steps" to prevent the molestation of two sisters by counselors at the church.

Both children have since suffered "severe emotional distress" as a result of the incidents, which occurred several years apart, the lawsuit states.

The two men accused of molesting the girls each have been convicted on one misdemeanor count of annoying or molesting a child under the age of 18.

The family did not return repeated phone calls for comment. Their attorney, Stephen Moran, returned one call and left a message, but he did not speak to a reporter.

Posted by kshaw at April 19, 2005 10:39 AM