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Both the Croddys and Temple Baptist Church have responded to the civil suit filed against them by Jane Doe, and a new venue might be selected for the case.

Both defendants in the case denied the allegations made by the unnamed female plaintiff in a civil suit filed in September. Doe sought damages for alleged sexual abuse she claimed to have endured at an early age at the hands of Donald Croddy and involves Temple Baptist Church and its pastor, Mike Holloway, in that she claimed to have been put under Croddy’s care by the pastor.

In the initial complaint, Doe claimed to have been sexually assaulted by Croddy while between the ages of 12 and 14 years old while living with him and his wife, Elfriede, in the early ‘90s.

The living situation, according to the suit, was suggested by Holloway in 1992 while Doe attended Temple Baptist Church via its bus ministry. Due to difficulty in attending church events and activities associated with Temple Christian School, which is operated by the church, the living situation allegedly was suggested so she could increase her attendance. Then, while living with the Croddys on weekends from 1992 to 1994, Doe claimed to have been sexually abused by Donald.

The suit partially hinges on whether Holloway knew of Donald’s tendencies, which the suit claims he was made aware of during a confrontation that involved similar allegations made by an individual in both Holloway and Donald’s presence.

However, both the Croddys, the church, and Holloway denied the allegations in their answers to the complaint, with the Croddys most recently filing their answer on Nov. 22.

Temple Baptist Church and Holloway’s initial response cited several affirmative defenses in the civil suit, including a claim that the statute of limitations bars Doe’s claims. The defendants also requested the action be tried by a jury.

The Croddys, in their response, sought dismissal of the case and also cited a statute of limitations in their affirmative defenses.

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Additionally, a special judge was appointed to the case after a motion to change the venue of the case was filed in September. As a result, Rich Maughmer of Cass County was appointed; however, a second change of venue was filed on behalf of Doe on Nov. 30. As of press time, the second special judge had not been appointed.

The Kokomo Perspective first broke news about Temple Baptist Church and the Croddys in April after multiple victims, including Donald and Elfriede’s adopted daughter, Dawn Price, came forward claiming to have been sexually assaulted by Donald.

In her accounts, Price also claimed to have had an altercation with her father and fiancé in 1991 prior to her wedding. The argument largely centered around Price’s fiancé getting into an argument with Donald after becoming aware of her claims of molestation at the hands of her father.

As a result of the argument, Donald then allegedly ventured to his church to seek council from Holloway, who Price, at that time, claimed was made aware of her abuse. The ordeal ended with Price’s wedding being canceled, while Donald was allowed to continue attending Temple Baptist Church.

A point of contention between Price and Holloway regarding this meeting was whether Donald admitted to molesting his adopted daughter while in the presence of the pastor. Price has maintained her father admitted his actions during the meeting, while Holloway took the opposite stance.

In previous interviews and social media postings, the church has maintained the defense that Holloway sought council from the Christian Law Association (CLA), wherein he was encouraged to take the precautionary measure of restricting Donald from all activities involving children.

In a Facebook posting in April, Holloway wrote, “Since that decision and up to this present time, I have received no information indicating concern about Don’s behavior.”