A woman is suing the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints because it reported her husband to authorities after he confessed to sexually abusing their minor daughter, according to the Salem Statesmen Journal.
The woman, Kristine Johnson, is suing the church for $9.54 million, accusing it of violating confidentiality and breaching “priest-penitent privilege.” The Mormon church has faced backlash in the past for not being forthcoming about such matters with authorities.
Kristine learned of her husband’s abuse of their daughter in 2016. Instead of going to authorities, they followed church protocol by having the husband, Timothy Johnson, confess the sin to church clergy and repent. Kristine claims the church officials failed to tell Timothy that if he confessed that crime to the church, they would report him to police.
Timothy Johnson was arrested and charged in 2017, and pleaded guilty to four counts of second-degree sexual abuse and received a 15-year prison sentence. . .
The $9.54 million sought in the lawsuit includes $5.5 million for Kristine for the loss of Timothy’s income, $1 million for each of their children, and $40,000 for the criminal defense attorney used in the case. (Read more from “Woman Sues Mormon Church After It Reported Her Husband Sexually Abusing Their Daughter to Police” HERE)