April 21--  An insurance company says it will not cover former Vidalia political consultant Jim Collins for alleged child molestation.

In a statement filed this month in Toombs County Superior Court, Country Mutual Insurance Company says a homeowners insurance policy issued to Collins for property at 2100 Ross Way in Vidalia provided liability coverage in the amount of $100,000 per occurrence.  However, it notes coverage only applies to accidents and excludes sexual misconduct or molestation.

Matthew Stanley of Vidalia filed a civil suit against Collins in November, 2015 alleging he was molested by Collins from 1996 to 2002 when Collins led the Youth Program at the Vidalia First Baptist Church.  The suit was filed under provisions of the Georgia Hidden Predator Act and seeks to recover monetary damages from Collins.

The company says it is not obligated to provide coverage nor defense of the claims in the case.

It is asking Superior Court Judge Kathy Palmer to issue a summary judgement supporting the company's position.


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