By Associated Press 1:47pm, August 5, 2015
The Delaware attorney general's office is suing a Jehovah's Witnesses congregation in Sussex County, claiming that elders failed to report an unlawful sexual relationship between a woman and a 14-year-old boy, both of whom were congregation members.
Oral arguments in the civil action are set for November.
Authorities say elders learned in January 2013 that Katheryn Harris Carmean White was having sex with the boy and failed to immediately call a child abuse hotline.
The congregation's attorney argues that the elders are protected by clergy privilege from the reporting requirements, similar to the confidentiality of a church confessional.
Carmean White, who worked as a teacher's aide at Seaford Middle School, was later convicted of rape and child endangerment and sentenced to six years in prison.