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Josh Duggar isn't the only alleged child molester tied to Mike Huckabee

His co-author John Perry was accused of child molestation in two legal cases, Buzzfeed reports


Scott Eric Kaufman
June 11, 2015 7:32PM (UTC)

John Perry, who co-authored two books with former Arkansas governor and current Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee, has been accused of child molestation in two separate lawsuits, Buzzfeed's Andrew Kaczynski and Ilan Ben-Meir report.

Huckabee and Perry co-wrote "Do the Right Thing: Inside the Movement That's Bringing Common Sense Back to America" and the ironically titled "Character Is the Issue." Huckabee has come under fire for his repeated, vehement defenses of the Duggar family, who police records plainly demonstrate conspired to protect Josh Duggar even after they became that he had molested more than one of his sisters.

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Nashville police department spokesperson Don Aaron told Buzzfeed News that "the alleged sexual battery was reported to have occurred when the victim was between the ages of 11 and 14," but Perry was never prosecuted for the crime because the statute of limitations had expired by the time police became involved.

"As a result of the investigation, the allegations of sexual battery were sustained, but it was determined that the statute of limitations had tolled, barring prosecution. The victim was age 18 when she first disclosed the allegations to non-law enforcement and said at that time she did not want the matter reported to the Tennessee Department of Children’s Services or the police," Aaron said.

The allegations came to light during Perry's divorce proceedings, during which his ex-wife claimed that she "filed for divorce as a result of Mr. Perry’s inappropriate marital conduct, to which he admitted to in his Response to Interrogatories numbers 1 and 2." Kaczynski and Ben-Meir suggest that the phrase "inappropriate marital conduct" is a euphemism for the alleged molestation, which couldn't officially be entered into the record, as it had never been adjudicated.

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In another series of lawsuit, Austin Davis is claiming that the Covenant Presbyterian Church in Nashville actively participated in a cover-up after Perry molested a girl from the time she was 11 until she was 13. The alleged victim told Buzzfeed that she doesn't believe the church covered up the molestation, nor did it engage in a campaign to silence Davis.


Scott Eric Kaufman

Scott Eric Kaufman is an assistant editor at Salon. He taught at a university, but then thought better of it. Follow him at @scottekaufman or email him at skaufman@salon.com.

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