Nazarene Church and University sexual abuse and misconduct case:
Mr. Olson represented five young girls that were repeatedly violated and sexually abused by their children’s pastor at Bethany First Church of the Nazarene (“BFC”). After 2-1/2 years of heated litigation and taking over 90 depositions, Mr. Olson was able to expose the cover-up, lies, and obstruction of the official police investigation by BFC, the Worldwide Nazarene Church, and Southern Nazarene University (“SNU”) Mr. Olson was able to negotiate a confidential settlement which included BFC, and the Worldwide Nazarene Church, overhauling and improving the screening, training, and education of the pastors and staff members of all the Nazarene churches in North America in preventing, recognizing, and reporting the physical and sexual abuse of children.
Mr. Olson also forced the defendants in this case to fund and establish a scholarship program for students attending SNU that had been victims of abuse or wanted to pursue a career in child advocacy.
One of the reasons that Mr. Olson was able to achieve the terms and conditions of this settlement, was based on the exhaustive investigation of the pedophile and the institutions that ignored the pedophile’s deviant behavior and actively concealed the sexual abuse of the children that attended BFC.
In fact, Mr. Olson was able to provide to law enforcement crucial evidence of the pedophile’s sexual assaults against children, and internal memorandums, reports, and disciplinary records that documented the child sexual abuse that was hidden from law enforcement by BFC, its senior pastors, and attorney.
Mr. Olson takes great pride in his clients, who were empowered by coming forward, sharing the horrifying and explicit details of their abuse with their parents and law enforcement. These brave little girls did what the adults at the Nazarene Church and SNU failed to do, they told the truth and stopped the pedophile children’s pastor from sexually abusing more victims.