A large church in Maryland was targeted in a recent class-action lawsuit. The civil litigation accused the organization, its branches and some of its pastors of child sex abuse and conspiracy to keep the violations a secret. The issue is that most of the lawsuit has been dismissed by a judge because the plaintiffs must sue within three years of turning 18, something the majority of the plaintiffs did not do. The allegations of abuse were not addressed by the judge after the major dismissal based on a statute of limitations.
Many people are still hoping to bring Sovereign Grace Ministries and its pastors to justice, though. There is not a statute of limitations on felony crimes in the state of Maryland, so it is possible the individuals accused in the civil suit will be brought to court on criminal charges. In one instance, a female toddler was allegedly molested by a babysitter from the church. Her mother called the family's pastor to address the situation and was allegedly told not to call the police. Instead, both individuals--the alleged abuser and victim--were brought in and the pastor made the victim forgive the babysitter.