We believe that ministry funds are best directed toward ministry efforts and serving others, and not toward the maintenance of facilities and properties that are no longer useful for current needs.” Gothard hasn’t been associated with IBLP since March 2014, the institute's directors stated in response to the amended lawsuit.

" posts in the "Accusations" section of a website established last fall for "allowing discussion" on him and his ministry.

The website attempts to share the side of Gothard supporters, counterbalancing a website where Gothard critics have coalesced their complaints.

( § 40.1-87) A work-training certificate permits the employment of a minor between 14 and 16 years of age during school hours when enrolled in a regular school work-training program.

To qualify as a work-training program, there must be a written agreement between the employer and the school that meets certain requirements.

IBLP asked the court to dismiss the lawsuit for lack of supporting facts. I’m shocked to even hear that.” In a "further confession and request" attached to the amended lawsuit, Gothard states he "was very wrong in holding hands, giving hugs, and touching [the] hair and feet" of the "young ladies" whom he selected as his personal assistants (or for other roles at IBLP headquarters).

Attorneys for the women asked for permission to refile the suit. He adds: "I was also wrong in making statements that caused emotional turmoil and confusion." Gothard asks for the "opportunity to confess my sins" to each woman and ask their forgiveness.

“They demonstrated a double-standard and violated a trust.

Because of the claims about me I do want to state that I have never kissed a girl nor have I touched a girl immorally or with sexual intent.” He later posted “a further statement” on his website, stating, "God is my witness that I have never kissed a girl, nor touched any young lady in a sensual way." Gothard explains that he never acted out of “sensual love” but had failed to demonstrate “godly love.” He noted: Every offense that I have committed against various people can be traced to a lack of genuine love in my life.

They did, this time with twice as many plaintiffs, including one who brings the first accusation of rape against Gothard. He concludes: "I pray sincerely that God will bring healing to each individual that I have so greviously damaged." In an affidavit attached to the amended lawsuit, Gothard states that he has attempted to contact all the women "in accordance with Matthew –17," and that he is ready to return to active ministry because he has "fulfilled as far as possible [the] instruction" of Matthew –24, which guided his earlier resignation.

His name was also added as a defendant, according to legal documents reviewed by CT. He also states: The IBLP board has responded to this lawsuit unwisely and not even contacted me for information or assistance.

Lawsuits only tell one side of a story, and Gothard denied the charges. The board is handling the case unwisely as I have the information they need. All of the women were IBLP participants, and eight either volunteered or were employed by the institute.