Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary Denies Liability in Sex Abuse Lawsuit

Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary says it is not liable for any monetary damages to a former student who claims in a lawsuit she was raped on campus at gunpoint by a student SWBTS employed.

SWBTS filed legal documents Wednesday (Aug. 7) answering the lawsuit by plaintiff “Jane Roe,” according to the Eastern District of Texas federal court in Sherman.

Roe, no longer attending SWBTS, claims she was forcibly raped at gunpoint on at least three occasions from October 2014 through April 2015 by a fellow student identified as “John Doe,” whom Roe said was employed as an SWBTS plumber.

“Plaintiffs damages, if any, were proximately caused by unforeseeable, independent intervening, or superseding events beyond the control, and unrelated to the conduct of SWBTS,” the seminary’s response reads. “SWBTS’s actions and omissions, if any, were superseded by such unforeseeable, independent, intervening and superseding events, and as such SWBTS is not liable.”

SWBTS lists 26 affirmative defenses to the lawsuit, including that the plaintiff’s claim for punitive damages violates the Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Seventh, Eighth and 14th Amendments of the U.S. Constitution, as well as sections 3, 9, 13 and 19 of Article 1 of the Texas Constitution.

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Source: Baptist Press