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CHRISTIAN BREAKING NEWS: [UPDATE] Gateway Church / Robert Morris Sex Abuse Allegations: Gateway was Involved in Multiple Lawsuits and Settlements before Allegation of Child Sex Abuse Surfaced against Robert Morris [#RobertMorris #RobertMorrisResigns #PastorRobertMorris #PastorRobertMorrisResigns #CindyClemishire #GatewayChurchPastor #DallasAreaPastor #NorthTexasPastor #TexasPastor #NorthTexasMegachurchPastor #TexasMegachurchPastor]

One lawsuit was reportedly settled about 2 months before a woman accused Morris of sexually assaulting her in the 1980s, beginning when she was 12.

Following Robert Morris’ resignation as senior pastor at Gateway Church, several additional lawsuits and charges against the megachurch have surfaced.

A lady accused Morris, the church’s founder and senior pastor, of sexually molesting her from the age of 12 in the 1980s.

With a focus on Gateway, the church’s legal fights are being exposed.

Gateway Church resolved a case in which at least 5 church staff workers were accused of hiding a minor’s sexual assault by an unnamed Gateway member, according to court documents.

According to court filings, that claim was settled approximately 2 months before a woman accused Robert Morris.

The lawsuit was filed in Tarrant County in 2020 on behalf of the child and the child’s mother, according to court documents.

The child and her mother were both Gateway members who frequently attended services and church gatherings until the girl was sexually molested by a Gateway member in 2018, according to the lawsuit.

According to the lawsuit, the plaintiffs requested damages greater than $200,000 but less than $5,000,000.

According to the lawsuit, a Gateway youth leader learned of the child’s allegations from talks with the alleged perpetrator and other youths who attended Gateway and discussed the alleged sexual assault.

According to court filings, the youth leader shared the information with other pastors and defendants mentioned in the lawsuit, but none of them reported it to child protective services or law enforcement.

When the child’s mother learned about the charges, she filed a police report with the Haltom City Police Department, according to records.

They alleged in their lawsuit that the defendants “embarked on a concerted campaign to conceal, misconstrue and discredit the assault accusations while the active criminal investigation was ongoing.”

The case was settled approximately 2 months before Gateway’s founder and senior pastor, Robert Morris, resigned over allegations that he sexually abused a girl starting when she was 12 in the 1980s.

3 church elders and Robert’s son, pastor James Morris, have also declared that they will be taking a temporary leave of absence while an outside law firm investigates the allegations against Robert.

Cindy Clemishire, the accuser, told WFAA that the assault lasted until 1987, when she told a friend what had happened.

After the allegations were made public, Morris admitted he was “involved in inappropriate sexual behavior with a young lady,” but made no mention of the girl’s age.

Another lawsuit filed against Gateway in 2016 claimed that a minor was assaulted by a boy while attending a Gateway daycare program in 2014, while his parents were attending a worship session, according to court filings.

According to court documents, the child’s parents took him to the hospital for treatment after discovering injuries after service.

The parents contacted the program’s executive pastor for an explanation of the injuries and were “baffled as to how [the boy] sustained an injury if, in fact, the program was actually providing one-on-one supervision,” according to the lawsuit.

The child’s parents contacted another Gateway employee in 2015, who stated that the child’s injuries was caused by the boy’s second assault while in the program, according to the lawsuit.

In 2015, a person from the church’s insurance company called the child’s parents and inquired whether they had seen a video of the boy’s injuries, but no representative from Gateway informed the parents of the video’s existence, according to the lawsuit.

According to the lawsuit, the program’s executive pastor stated that the child’s injuries were captured on video, but the video was destroyed.

According to the lawsuit, an agent from Gateway’s insurance firm informed the child’s parents that Gateway had the video but refused to provide it.

The child’s parents hired a lawyer to try to obtain the film, but the lawyer informed them that the complete original tape could not be produced since much of the footage had been destroyed, according to the lawsuit.

The lawsuit has apparently been settled.

Another case was filed in 2023 by a woman who was employed in 2018 as a temporary administrative assistant at Gateway’s North Richland Hills campus, claiming harassment by a pastor and a toxic work environment, according to court documents.

The woman worked for Gateway until September 2021, according to the lawsuit.

The current status of this lawsuit is unclear.

NEWS SOURCE & LINKS:
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[UPDATE] GATEWAY WAS INVOLVED IN MULTIPLE LAWSUITS BEFORE Allegation of Child Sex Abuse Surfaced… | Christian Breaking News!

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