Law Firm Fighting to Stop Pentecostal Sexual Predators
While offenders in sexual abuse cases can be strangers, most often they are not. In many cases, the sex offender is someone victims know and trust. They may be members of their Pentecostal church group or other religious clergy. They may be school teachers or counselors. But no matter who they are, the damage they cause is devastating.
Sexual abuse survivors' lives are all too often marred with alcoholism, broken relationships, drug abuse, feelings of inadequacy, suicide, isolation, and loss of faith. The church’s common response to victims is to deny their abuse, minimize it, attack them for saying something bad about a priest, or tell the victim that the abuse was his or her fault.
Sexual abuse perpetrated by a religious authority figure is an appalling reality for far too many survivors around the country. Priests, ministers, church officials, and workers who sexually molest children ruin lives and cause irreparable psychological damage.
The individual pedophile can be tried as a criminal, but can rarely be held financially accountable. His or her sponsoring or employing organization -the church, diocese, school, school district, or other public or corporate entity - may be liable for its failure to adequately supervise and screen the perpetrator.
Pentecostal Pastor Named in Lawsuit Accusing Sexual Abuse
The First Pentecostal Church of Chalmette, Louisiana, and its former pastor have been named as defendants in a lawsuit alleging child sex abuse, according to WDSU [1.].
The complaint was filed on July 18, 2023, on behalf of an accuser who alleges she was abused by Pastor Milton Martin III when she was 14 years old and a member of his church.
The accuser, who is referenced as "Jane Doe" in the lawsuit, was allegedly taken by Martin on ATV rides during which he would force her into sexual acts. Jane Doe reported Martin years after the abuse to the Louisiana State Police, leading to his arrest in March.
The suit further claims that a second accuser came forward and reported Martin in April, citing abuse from years before Jane Doe, but the church did nothing to investigate sexual abuse claims against Martin.
Additionally, the suit claims that Worldwide Pentecostal Fellowships, a collection of churches including First Pentecostal Church of Chalmette, should have known of the abuse and were negligent in supervising Martin around children.
The accuser is seeking unspecified emotional and punitive damages.
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The Sexual Abuse Litigation Group at Schmidt & Clark, LLP law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in religious clergy sex abuse & molestation lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new cases in all 50 states.
If you or a loved one has been abused, molested, or otherwise mistreated by a member of the Pentecostal church, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a lawsuit and we can help.