MARTINSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — A trial in West Virginia accusing The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and several officials of hiding years of sexual abuse entered its fifth week on Wednesday.

The Journal of Martinsburg reports that the civil trial involves accusations that 26-year-old Michael Jensen abused several children over five years. Defendants include the Corporation of the President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, local church officials, Jensen, and his parents Chris and Sandra Lee Jensen.

The lawsuit, filed in 2013 by plaintiffs who say they were between the ages of 3 and 12 when abused, seeks unspecified punitive and compensatory damages.

The church says it took action when it learned of the allegations. Jensen was excommunicated from the church by the Martinsburg Stake High Council in 2013.


Information from: The Journal,