Lawsuit: Youth minister with Lutheran church sexually abused girl in 1970s


A Minnesota woman is suing Zion Lutheran Church, saying she was abused by a youth minister there when she was a minor.

The woman, identified as Jane Doe 115, says she went to the Hopkins church while growing up, and because of that had developed a trust with the church and its members, according to a news release from Noaker Law.

But from 1974-77, the lawsuit says, Jane Doe was sexually abused by a youth minister who was a member of the church. She was between 11 and 14 years old at the time, according to the complaint.

Zion Lutheran Church told BringMeTheNews Monday it had no comment.

The "unpermitted, harmful and offensive sexual contact" happened on and around church grounds, and at church-sponsored activities, during the "working hours" of the youth minister, according to the lawsuit.

The suit argues the church had enough information to know about the youth minister's "sexual misconduct, impulses and behavior," yet "took no steps" to look into whether he was fit to work with children.

The suit identifies the youth minister as John Huchthausen, who is now dead.

It's being handled by a newly-formed national attorney team called Hamilton James, which includes Minneapolis-based Patrick Noaker.

They're expected to talk more about the lawsuit at a 1 p.m. news conference Monday.

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