Lawsuit Claiming Church Conspiracy To Conceal Child Abuse Adds More Names and Charges

Sovereign Grace Ministries finds allegations 'serious, grievous, and difficult to read,' but says no evidence of cover-up.

A controversial lawsuit alleging leaders of Sovereign Grace Ministries conspired to conceal the sexual abuse of children has been amended a second time, adding three more plaintiffs and a large number of graphic claims.

The amended lawsuit makes the stark claim that SGM leaders "conspired, and continue to conspire, to permit sexual deviants to have unfettered access to children for purposes of predation, and to obstruct justice by covering up ongoing and past predation." It alleges that SGM leaders failed to fulfill mandatory reporting obligations, and instead had alleged victims meet with and forgive their abusers.

Five plaintiffs are now using their real names.

SGM responded promptly, stating in part:

The charges in this amended complaint are serious, grievous, and difficult to read. The thought of such alleged abuse is extremely disturbing. Because of our resolve to see truth and justice prevail, we continue to work closely with legal counsel. Our careful review ...
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