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Lawsuit Against LDS Church Set for Mediation

Lawsuit Against LDS Church Set for Mediation

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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- A sex abuse lawsuit against tTe Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will be mediated by a judge in an effort to reach a settlement instead of going to trial.

Kelly Clark, a Portland lawyer whose client is suing the LDS church, says the mediation is set for August 9 and 10.

The dates were confirmed by Stephen English, a Portland attorney representing the church.

The lawsuit claims that a home teacher sexually abused a Beaverton boy as much as twice a week from 1987 to 1989. English has said the home teacher was acting as a family friend, not a church official.

The complaint says the church is responsible because Johnson was authorized to act on its behalf, giving him access to the boy.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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