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Fri., Feb. 12, 2016, 8:47 a.m.

Man claims sex abuse, sues Mennonite church

Clayton Peaster expresses to members of the press on Thursday his hopes of protecting future sexual abuse victims using the sexual abuse case he's bringing against local and national Holdeman Mennonite churches. Between the ages of 12 and 16, Peaster was allegedly sexually abused by his father, and no lawful action or protection was given to Peaster after he informed leaders of his local Mennonite Church. There are multiple reports of similar cases in the Mennonite Church in the U.S. and Canada. (Jake Parrish/Coeur d'Alene Press)
Clayton Peaster expresses to members of the press on Thursday his hopes of protecting future sexual abuse victims using the sexual abuse case he's bringing against local and national Holdeman Mennonite churches. Between the ages of 12 and 16, Peaster was allegedly sexually abused by his father, and no lawful action or protection was given to Peaster after he informed leaders of his local Mennonite Church. There are multiple reports of similar cases in the Mennonite Church in the U.S. and Canada. (Jake Parrish/Coeur d'Alene Press)

A lawsuit filed Wednesday claims a child was sexually abused by his father, while leaders of a Mennonite church in Bonners Ferry failed to protect the boy. The lawsuit was filed late Wednesday by attorneys with the Coeur d'Alene firm of James, Vernon and Weeks. It states Clayton Peaster was 11 when the alleged molestation occurred. He is now 27. The defendants named in the suit are Mt. View Mennonite Church, Inc., the National Church of God in Christ, Mennonite, and Clayton’s adoptive parents, David Peaster and his wife, Cynthia Peaster/Jeff Selle, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.




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D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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