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  • Apology, $300K payout in church sex abuse settlement

    by Diana Chandler, posted Monday, February 05, 2018 (one year ago)

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    COLUMBIA, S.C. (BP) -- An apology, admission of liability and a $300,000 payout are among the terms First Baptist Church of Columbia, S.C., reached to settle a case involving a child who was reportedly sexually abused by a former church volunteer.

    Confessing "a broken and contrite heart," the church apologized and read an explanatory statement including the full terms of the settlement to its congregation in its Sunday morning service Feb. 4, church spokesman Bryan Barnes told Baptist Press. Read More