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Five Named in $10 Million Suit


CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) - A Southern Baptist minister's
conviction for child molestation has led to five lawsuits
seeking a total of $10 million in damages against the minister,
the Southern Baptist Convention and three other Baptist groups.
Each is named in a $2 million suit. They are Donald McCary,
minister of music and youth at Chattanooga's Central Baptist
Church of Hixon for 17 years until his arrest; the church
itself; the Tennessee Baptist Convention; the Hamilton County
Baptist Association; and the denomination.
McCary was convicted last April of 13 counts involving aggravated
sexual battery, assault, sexual battery, rape and statutory
rape of four boys, then aged 12 to 15. He was sentenced
to a maximum 72 years in prison.
Attorneys for the denomination and congregation voiced certainty
they would be dismissed from the suit. The suits allege
that Central's pastor, Ron Phillips, failed to investigate
McCary's activities after complaints about him in 1989.
Phillips also is also chairman of directors of one of the
denomination's major agencies, the Home Mission Board.

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