Church named in lawsuit filed in Lewis

By Mary Ann Kearns
Ledger Independent
December 13, 2016

A lawsuit has been filed in Lewis County, on behalf of a "John Doe," who, as a child, was sexually abused by a former pastor of the church.

The complaint is in relation to former VCC minister Duncan Akers and involves acts which took place between 2007 and 2010. Aker pleaded guilty to five counts of first-degree sexual abuse on March 4.

The lawsuit, filed Monday by attorneys Konrad Kircher, Bruce W. MacDonald, Stephen F. Crew and Peter B. Janci, claims the Vanceburg Christian Church had a duty to protect the plaintiff from harm and to closely supervise leaders and was negligent in doing so.

As a result of Akers' abuse, the plaintiff has suffered permanent and lasting damages, the complaint alleges.

John Doe is asking for compensatory damages "in such amount as supported by the evidence...punitive damages, attorney fees and costs, a trial by jury and all other relief to which he may be lawfully entitled."

A complete account of the lawsuit will be available Tuesday at and in Wednesday's edition of The Ledger Independent.

A lawsuit tells only one side of a legal dispute.




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