A former volunteer at Pastor Joel Osteen’s Lakewood Church who was accused of sexual molestation in 2010 is suing the nation’s largest megachurch for $10 million for negligence, claiming that the accusations, brought by another ministry volunteer, ruined his reputation.
In Feb. 2010, a fellow volunteer accused Daniel Alvaro Guzman, now 26, of sexually molesting an 8-year-old autistic boy during children’s ministry at Lakewood Church.
At the time of the charge, prosecutor Tina Ansari told ABC News 13 that one of two other chaperones allegedly “observed [Guzman] picking up an eight-year-old boy and touching him on his genital area.”
Guzman was arrested and charged nearly a year later, in May 2011, with one count of indecency with a child and released on $10,000 bail. Guzman was cleared of the charges in July 2011, when a Harris County grand jury declined to indict him.
Guzman is now suing the mega church, led by televangelist Osteen, for not properly investigating or responding to the molestation allegations.
Javier Marcos Jr., Guzman’s attorney, told the Houston Chronicle that his client’s “licenses are being revoked, be they real estate or mechanical, and he cannot get a job anywhere.