Lenexa church opposes young sex crime victims remaining anonymous in civil lawsuit
BY LAURA BAUER, firstname.lastname@example.org, July 7, 2016, KC Star
Two girls and their guardian sued Westside Family Church, saying it knowingly let teen sex offender be around kids
The victims’ attorney filed a motion to keep the girls’ identities secret during the civil lawsuit
The church’s attorney opposed that motion and said the case should be dismissed and refiled
A Lenexa church being sued over allegations it allowed a teen sexual offender to be around kids doesn’t think the two victims who filed the suit should be permitted to remain anonymous in court proceedings.
The girls, who currently are under age 16, are known as Jane Doe 31 and Jane Doe 32 in the civil lawsuit. But in response to their attorney’s motion to continue using pseudonyms in court, lawyers for Westside Family Church told the court that . . .
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