Commonwealth Journal

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February 6, 2010

Local Baptist camp being sued


Somerset —

One charge dated back to 2001.

CCI is a state-run medium security prison located in Chillicothe, Ohio.

Now, the family of one of the victims named in the 2005 Pulaski County indictment is suing, claiming that “Camp Victory was negligent in its operation of the camp and as a proximate result of Camp Victory’s negligence, J. Doe (the victim) suffered ... molestation/sexual assault.”

That victim, now 14 years old, was nine years old when the reported assault took place.

The civil suit also stated that the victim “has suffered, is suffering and will suffer in the future, physical and mental pain and suffering, and loss of enjoyment of life, and has and in the future will incur medical expenses for counseling treatment.”

The lawsuit also states that the victim’s parents and three siblings have also suffered and will suffer in the future loss of consortium — which means they have and will continue to suffer from the loss of aid, comfort or support from another.

Evangelist George Griffis, who owns Camp Victory, said on Friday when contacted by the Commonwealth Journal that he could not speak about the case, and referred questions to his attorney, Larry F. Sword, of Sword & Broyles Law Offices in Somerset.

Griffis did note that Harmon had never worked as a staff member for the camp.

A call was placed to Sword’s office and a message left last Friday, Jan. 29. Sword did not return the phone call by press time Saturday.

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