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December 11, 2012

3 women sue Va. church, Somerset camp for sex abuse

SOMERSET — Three women have sued a Virginia church and two summer camp nonprofits for alleged sexual abuse they suffered at the hands of a camp worker who, they say, was not properly screened despite past complaints of similar misconduct.

The camp worker is not named as a defendant by the women who were 13 to 17 years old when they were allegedly abused from 2003 to 2005 at events they say were coordinated by nonprofits Christian Camps of Pittsburgh Inc. and Summer’s Best Two Weeks, and the Vienna Presbyterian Church of Vienna, Va.

A church official did not immediately return a call for comment on the lawsuit reported Tuesday by the Daily American of Somerset, which is where the lawsuit was filed. An attorney for the camp groups also didn’t immediately return a call.

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