Like the Catholic Church, the Seventh Day Adventist Church has received media attention in recent years due to allegations of child molestation at church-affiliated schools, including elementary schools and boarding schools.
Related: ReJoyce Christian Pre-School in Hainesport, NJ Investigated for Child Sex Abuse [A pre-school in New Jersey is being investigated for child molestation by a school employee. At a parents’ meeting in December, the church pastor stated that the school employee had previously been reported for inappropriate conduct in 2014.]
There have been multiple cases across the country involving allegations of abuse including abuse by church/school employees and abuse by fellow students. In some cases, those allegations include reports that church or school officials engaged in a coverup. Last year, two educators in the Northwest were convicted of sexually abusing children. One was a principal of a small Adventist church-affiliated school in Washington who pled guilty to sexually assaulting two young girls. One charge was for first degree rape. He was sentenced to over 26 years in prison.
The other case involved a teacher in Oregon who was also a sports coach. He was recorded discussing sexual acts with one of his victims. These are just a few of the many cases involving private schools affiliated with the Seventh Day Adventist Church.
Investigation into West Virginia & Tennessee Adventist Boarding Schools
In the last two years, there have been a slew of online news reports detailing ongoing criminal or civil investigations into several schools in West Virginia and Tennessee:
- Advent Home Learning Center (Calhoun, TN),
- Miracle Meadows School (Salem, WV), and
- Blue Creek Academy (Kanawha County, WV).
The schools were boarding schools affiliated with the Seventh Day Adventist Church. The allegations include sexual abuse and physical abuse. These schools are now closed.
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Religious Private Schools & The Problem of Student Sex Abuse
Private schools, including Christian or secular schools, are often allowed to operate without much governmental oversight. For instance, teachers are not required to obtain teaching licenses. Schools may have lax vetting procedures. A teacher who abused children in one private school, may get a job at another. These circumstances lend themselves to creating an environment conducive to sex abuse or assault of students.
Legal Help for Sex Abuse of a Student at a Christian School
If you or a loved one was sexually abused at a Christian school, please contact our law firm. Attorney Brian Kent is a former sex crimes unit prosecutor who now protects his clients’ civil interests. He has filed countless sex assault lawsuits against schools and churches. 800.220.7600
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