San Diego megachurch is sued for sex harassment

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Updated: 5/08/2014 5:23 pm

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Six women are suing San Diego's Rock Church Ministries, saying they were sexually harassed at a drug and alcohol recovery program associated with the megachurch.

The lawsuit filed Thursday in San Diego Superior Court says the Rock offered counseling and housing to women in a program led by David Powers, who is accused of fondling residents. The lawsuit seeks damages for sexual battery and other claims.

The Rock says the accusations are troubling but that none of the alleged behavior occurred on its property or by anyone under its authority. The church says it stopped referring women to Powers' ABC Sober Living after learning of the allegations Monday.

Powers didn't respond to a message from The Associated Press but told a local television station that the allegations are false.

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