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Former Lakewood Church Volunteer Sues Church

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Cicely C. Mitchell

According to reports, a former Lakewood Church volunteer who was accused of molesting an 8-year-old autistic boy during a children’s ministry, has filed a multimillion-dollar negligence lawsuit against the nation’s largest mega church.

Alvaro Daniel Guzman, now 26, was later cleared by a grand jury.

Guzman was charged in 2011 with one count of indecency with a child.

A church volunteer accused him of fondling an autistic boy in February 2010, according to court records.

Guzman was arrested last May and released on a $10,000 bail.

In July, a Harris County grand jury declined to indict Guzman.

Guzman’s civil suit claims that the wrongful accusation and resulting arrest damaged his reputation and caused him not to find other opportunities.

A spokesman for the church said that Lakewood Church had no comment.

Lakewood Church is an independent mega-church pastored by Joel Osteen and meets in the former Compaq Center.

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