Assemblies of God national office named in Oregon child sex abuse lawsuit
The Springfield-based national office of the Assemblies of God is among the defendants in an Oregon child sex abuse lawsuit involving its Boy Scouts-like “Royal Rangers” program.
The lawyer for the plaintiff believes it is the first time the national office has been unable to have itself removed as a defendant in a sex abuse case involving youth leaders.
The plaintiff of the lawsuit — a male born in 1972 identified only as W.J. in court documents — alleges that he was sexually abused between 1984 and 1987 by two adult leaders of the Royal Rangers program in which he participated.
The lawsuit names First Assembly of God of Albany (Oregon); the Assemblies of God, Oregon District; and the General Council of the Assemblies of God, the Springfield-based office that leads the Pentecostal denomination.
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