Clergyman Did Not Have to Report Suspected Child Abuse

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

IONIA, Mich. (AP) -- The state appeals court has ruled in favor of a western Michigan pastor, saying he was not obligated to tell authorities about child abuse reported by a member of his church.
In a decision released Friday, the court said John Prominski is protected under Michigan clergy law because the disclosure was considered to be confidential. He can't be charged with failing to report suspected abuse.
Prominski is pastor of Resurrection Life Church in Ionia, east of Grand Rapids. A woman told him in 2009 that her husband likely was abusing her daughters. She wanted advice but authorities weren't alerted.
After another incident in 2011, Prominski told the woman that she must contact police or he would. That's when police learned that he had failed to report suspected abuse two years earlier.


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