W.S.B. v. Corbett Community Church et al., Multnomah County Case No. 16CV33426
Plaintiff W.S.B attended Defendant’s church in 1991 when he was an adolescent and became close with defendant’s youth pastor. W.S.B alleged that during that time the youth pastor began “grooming” him by gaining his trust and confidence as a moral authority figure. W.S.B. claimed that the youth pastor then began sexually abusing him. He claimed that the abuse caused him physical, emotional and psychological injuries. He sought $2,000,000 in non-economic damages.
Defendant Corbett Community Church acknowledged that the youth pastor was working for them at the time and that W.S.B. and the pastor became close. They deny that the pastor’s actions of “grooming” were in the course and scope of his employment. They also deny that they were ever aware of any abuse.
Plaintiff’s Counsel – Randall Vogt
Defense Counsel – John S. Knowles
Verdict – $800,000
Date – February 28, 2018