Predator: Johnathan Kendrick was convicted of misdemeanor child molestation in 1994 and lewd acts with a minor in 2004
In a landmark ruling, a California jury has awarded record $28million in damages to a woman who had accused the Jehovah’s Witnesses of allowing one of its adult members to molest her as a child.
Alameda County jurors awarded $7million in compensatory damages last Wednesday and another $21million in punitive damages the following day to 26-year-old Candace Conti, her attorney, Rick Simons, said.
'This is the largest jury verdict for a single victim in a religious child abuse case in the country,’ Simons added.
In her lawsuit, Conti said that between 1995 and 1996, when she was nine and ten years old, and a member of the North Fremont Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses, she was repeatedly molested by a fellow congregant, Jonathan Kendrick.
Both her parents were Jehovah’s Witnesses at the time of the abuse, Conti said. Read More