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Costa Mesa, CA - Mesa Verde United Methodist Church Volunteer Charged with Sexual Assault

A Volunteer Chaperone From Mesa Verde United Methodist Church Has Been Charged With Sexual Assault.
Published: December 1, 2020
By: Janean Cuffee
Last Updated on December 3, 2020

Volunteer at Mesa Verde United Methodist Church Charged for Sexually Assaulting Two Girls

According to NBC Los Angeles, a man who volunteered to chaperone children on church trips was arrested and charged for sexually assaulting two girls.

Mark Allen Korando Sr., 69-years-old, was charged after the mother of two girls, now 12 and 14, contacted the police and claimed the suspect inappropriately touched her daughters. The assaults allegedly happened two years ago.

Korando Sr. was charged with two counts of aggravated sexual assault of a child with a foreign object, three counts of oral copulation or sexual penetration with a child ten or younger, two counts of forcible lewd acts on a child, and seven counts of lewd or lascivious acts with a child younger than 14.

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Legal Options for Victims Sexually Abused in a Church

Attorney contributor Mike Pfau, an experienced sexual abuse lawyer, has represented numerous victims of sexual assault in civil lawsuits. Below, Bobby highlights the rights of victims sexually assaulted by a clergy member.

“Sexual predators often place themselves in positions of trust and power to abuse their victims. These predators are sometimes found in churches as they exploit their victims, including children. This exploitation is seen across all religious organizations; we have seen numerous religious leaders charged with sexually abusing congregation members. Churches have a legal obligation to do their best to protect member’s safety.”

“A church may be considered liable for not upholding the safety of members. In some cases, sexual abuse only happens due to religious organizations’ negligence. Examples of negligence are if misconduct complaints were filed against a clergy member, but ignored, or if other clergy members are aware of misconduct but do not report it. In cases of negligence, victims and their families should know they may have grounds for a lawsuit.”

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About Janean Cuffee
Editor: Janean is an NYU Applied Psychology major with a double minor in history and sociology. As a NY native, she focuses on highlighting important legal news regarding violence, assaults, and social justice cases. Contact Janean: This article was fact checked prior to publishing by this author to ensure compliance with our rigorous editorial standards. We will only use authoritative sources. Our values compel us to provide only trustworthy information. If you find an error, please contact us.
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