September 28, 2018 - A judge must still review the jury’s ruling, and the Jehovah's Witnesses' national organization — Watchtower Bible and Tract Society of New York — announced plans to appeal the verdict shortly after it was rendered.
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The Office of Public Information at the World Headquarters of Jehovah's Witnesses replied to the verdict with this statement.
"Jehovah's Witnesses abhor child abuse and strive to protect children from such acts. Watchtower is pursuing appellate review," the letter read.
The Montana Jehovah's Witnesses lawsuit is the first of dozens of similar cases filed in courts across the U.S. to reach the trial phase. All of the complaints cite similar allegations that the church mismanaged or covered up the sexual abuse of children.
Plaintiffs in the Montana case, now 32 and 21, alleged that 3 family members sexually abused them, and that they reported the abuse to church elders. They initially expelled the abuser from the congregation in 2004, then reinstated him the very next year, according to the lawsuit.
The lawsuit claimed the local and national Jehovah's Witnesses organizations were negligent and violated a Montana law that requires them to report abuse to outside authorities.
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