Wife Of Child Rapist Sues Church For $9.5M For Reporting Confession

Holly Matkin

Timothy Johnson was sentenced to 15 years in prison for sexually abusing his daughter over a four-year period.

Salem, OR – The wife of a convicted child rapist is seeking a $9.5 million payday from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints for failing to warn her husband that his confession would be reported to police.

In the lawsuit, which was recently filed in Marion County Circuit Court, Kristine Johnson alleged that the church of violated its own confidentiality policy by reporting to police that her husband, 47-year-old Timothy Johnson, had confessed that he sexually abused their daughter, The Oregonian reported.

Kristine said that in 2016, she learned that her husband molested one of their five children for a period of four years during her pre-teen and early teenage years.

"In response to that, plaintiff Kristine Johnson and Timothy Johnson followed the rules and scriptures of the church, which…requires and admonish church members to 'confess their sins unto the brethren before the Lord,'" the lawsuit read, according to CNN.

Timothy subsequently told a panel of church members about his offenses in an attempt to “repent for his sins” and to “bring peace within his life and family,” the lawsuit read, according to The Oregonian.

Details of his confession were turned over to police, which resulted in Timothy being arrested in 2017.

The following year, he was convicted of four counts of second-degree sexual abuse, and was sentenced to 15 years in prison.

In her lawsuit, Kristine declared that the church should have warned Timothy that his confession would not remain confidential, CNN reported.

She is seeking $9.5 million for her family’s loss of Timothy’s “companionship, society, love [and] affection,” emotional distress, and loss of income, as well as another $40,000 to pay for his defense attorney fees, according to The Oregonian.

Members of the clergy are mandated to report cases of alleged or suspected child abuse or neglect under Oregon law, but the law allows for some exceptions regarding clergy members who learn about abuse during “privileged” communications.

The church member who reported the abuse is also pharmacist, which is another mandatory reporting profession, The Oregonian reported.

The church stood by its actions, and said that “protecting victims and ensuring proper reporting” are among its top priorities.

“The Church teaches that leaders and members should fulfill all legal obligations to report abuse to civil authorities,” church spokesman Eric Hawkins told The Oregonian in a statement. "In some circumstances, those obligations may be governed by their professional duty and in others by their role as clergy. The Church has a 24-hour abuse help line to help leaders understand and meet both their professional and ecclesiastical obligations to report abuse.”

“We are grateful for the efforts of law enforcement and prosecutors to investigate and pursue justice for those who were abused,” Hawkins added.

Bill Brandt, the attorney representing Kristine and her other four children, said that the church is guilty of breaking a “promise,” and that they had an obligation to warn Timothy that his confession would be reported to police, The Oregonian reported.

“It’s been devastating on the family,” Brandt told the Salem Statesman Journal. “They lost a husband and a father.”

Comments (101)
Davidtwmay24
Davidtwmay24

All she can think about is "give me money because my husband abused and violated our daughter and got caught and locked up" no mention of her daughter who has to live with this for the rest of her life. The mother should be locked up for child neglect or for being an unfit parent

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RetiredCorrections
RetiredCorrections

Really? Their attorney says that they lost a husband and a father, he told a panel about it , not just a priest , sad thing is , that they will probably pay to stop the bad press .

Marxest
Marxest

That man looks like a bona fide white rapist to me. The suburbs are full of them. Then there's his wife. Her daughter was raped by her husband and he is sent to prison and now she wants money because it was reported to the authorities. The church dropped a dime and now they have to pay for it? I guess I can understand, she was a housewife without a job and her source of income is now serving 15 years, a light sentence. No wait, I don't understand. Now she thinks she hit the lottery, (I guess we can't call it the "ghetto jackpot" since she is white). Lol. These entitled affluenza whites slay me!!!!

Hilarya93
Hilarya93

She probably knew it was going. She needs to be locked up too!! 😡

Bigyoda20
Bigyoda20

Not sure who’s sicker, the pos who abused his daughter or the wife for pulling this.

mauiisl
mauiisl

"She is seeking $9.5 million for her family’s loss of Timothy’s “companionship, society, love [and] affection,”

Love and affection likely wasn't what her daughter was thinking. Stupid piggish wife likely knew what was happening.

Shoot her and her worthless partner.

Jakepierce26
Jakepierce26

I get it, believe me, I get it, pisses me off too,but do we really want what we tell priests to be public knowledge? Is there nothing sacred? he should have been encouraged to turn himself in, encouraged his wife to turn him in, talked to the daughter about going to authorities, even suing him, but confessing to your God is just that, it's between you and God.

Excalibr4
Excalibr4

That wife needs some jail time too. They also need to take her kids away.

RB2207
RB2207

the wife knew about the molestation and didn't report it. She also needs to be charged.

iUsername
iUsername

Sounds to me his wife needs locked up for not protecting her kids from the monster. She knew it was happening and did nothing except tell a preacher.

JBoH
JBoH

It took her FOUR years to find out about the molestation? She should have been charged as an accessory by the police and sued by the church for being too stupid to have children. Suing for loss of companionship...WOW! Great companion he was.

elrayoex
elrayoex

Put him in gen pop and let everybody know what he's in for. problem solved.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

Typical knuckle-drag trailer park behavior.

According to my watch, we're about due for another female molester. Oddly enough, the comments won't be nearly as vitriolic as these are.

iamgideon
iamgideon

The wife should face charges for child endangerment or neglect because she let this monster stay there even after she knew what he was doing. Both are disgusting filthy pigs! Child molesters and pedos should just be executed, they can't be cured or rehabilitated.

rvigneault
rvigneault

she knew about it , they all do, they just turn the other way POS

GrumpyVet
GrumpyVet

Throw her in prison as well for being an idiot!

Judid292
Judid292

“....he told a panel of church members....” 😶 not just clergy. DUH?! The children need to be in new homes not with the accomplice. Is she taking these children to see him in jail? Emotional abuse!!

Thinblueline
Thinblueline

Look at the guy, has molester written all over him. I’m surprised that he was married with kids, looks like a burger basement dweller.

Bad Bob
Bad Bob

This lawsuit will be dismissed very quickly, as she has NO STANDING TO SUE.

BarbMomof5
BarbMomof5

Don’t waste taxpayer’s money. Tie them together and then wrap their heads up in plastic bags and slowly let them suffocate. Then put their carcasses in a Chipper Shredder.

NomonK
NomonK

Most if you know nothing about this Denomination. First a number of you are calling what is known to them as PASTOR a Priest. These folks say that Jesus Christ is a priest. If one confessed to the pastor that conversation would be confidential and the pastor has a responsibility to keep it confidential. This guy confessed to a group of men and some had multiple requirements on how they handle what they found out. The pharmacist as an example if he didn't report it he could have lost his license. No I'm not a member of the Denomination.

Mrs10
Mrs10

The wife sickens me almost as much as he does. What kind of message is she sending to her abused daughter? "Well honey it didn't matter what dad did to you, at least until I could see a way to cash in on it. "

No, actually, mom IS as bad.

DHS needs to get involved here. And the woman should be worrying about whether or not she can pay her own legal bills.

The only thing worse than a sexual predator is the weak-willed no-spine pathetic excuse for a mother standing behind her perverted husband.

investigator
investigator

She should be hung!!!

michelle1964
michelle1964

The sad thing is that she will probably win something. But she must be some kinda low life to care more about that, than care about her daughter that was molested for years.

Anomie88
Anomie88

Obviously, she is a co-dependent denier or possible participant in these acts. If she knew of his behavior and didn't report it, she should be prosecuted on several charges including conspiracy, child abuse, endangering, etc. I thought religious people were so much more thoughtful and pious than this. Sad for the girl, tragic actually, but a symptom of the warped minds living in this world today.

Gramercy
Gramercy

Wait a minute..she claimed that she was not able to have "companionship, love and affection" from the man that molested one of her children..and HIS own daughter? Are you kidding me! Thank goodness it was revealed to the police...maybe, tho who knows, it will help the daughter, who is the TRUE prisoner of mind and parental actions here! God bless the girl! Hang the man!

Hi_estCommieDenom
Hi_estCommieDenom

'Hello... is this Salem DCF? I'd like to file'

Rascal1966
Rascal1966

OMG!!! Lady WTF is your problem?? Are you really that stupid?? Unfortunately there are more just like you!! Somebody needs to slap the dog piss out of you!! Wake the f••k up.

dcoskrey
dcoskrey

You can't make this stuff up.

JMK2244
JMK2244

She is seeking $9.5 million for her family’s loss of Timothy’s “companionship, society, love [and] affection,” emotional distress, and loss of income....REALLY??? P.S. I didn't see that any of that money she's seeking would be for her daughter's therapy and recovery. "Mom of the Year" ~ NOT.

ikaika
ikaika

It's disgusting that too many women in this situation choose the husband/boyfriend over the child victim in this situation because they are afraid of losing the breadwinner. And now the mom wants a payday. A normal mother would have called the cops as soon as she found out about the abuse.

tmom
tmom

They lost a child abuser and a pedophile, not a father.

Raymelson
Raymelson

I don't understand how she can sue the church the courts need reconsider this law suit

Trefflek
Trefflek

Pastors are mandatory reporters In MN. Hopefully the courts will determine the child rapist should have asked them if what he said was kept confidential.

Proleoandlaw
Proleoandlaw

Unfortunately the mom will probably find someone else that is equally as sick that will probably abuse that child again. This story is an alert to all pedophiles out there. Her name is out there now, "come keep me company & you can molest my daughter " They need to save that child.

Sharonmk
Sharonmk

Mommy and Daddy Dearest.

Janken
Janken

AND SHE KNEW????? I WOULD TAKE MY KIDS AND NEVER EVER LET HIM SEE THEM. HE IS THE KIND THAT HIDES BEHIND SOMEONE. and then perk a boo shows up. Scary

Gap Filler
Gap Filler

@Jakepierce26 While I totally understand and get what you’re saying, many places for many years have had policies in place for such an event. As a counselor and minister, before I even have a “session” with someone, I inform them of the three offenses under law which I’m required to report. Besides, if someone really knows and understands their Bible, they should NEVER confess their sins to man but to God alone for only He has the power of forgiveness over those sins. He has NOT given those powers over to any earthly being despite their title. You WILL find this in the Bible!


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