Mike Huckabee seems to travel in bad circles. When he’s not defending one child molester, he’s co-authoring books with another.
BuzzFeed reports that Huckabee’s co-author, John Perry, is staring down at least two separate lawsuits that accuse him child molestation. Perry, a prolific author, not only wrote books with Huckabee but with culture warrior Alabama Supreme Court Justice Roy Moore, as well.
“The allegations of sexual battery were sustained”
In 2012, the police launched an investigation into Perry’s alleged offenses; they concluded in a report that “the allegations of sexual battery were sustained” — but in an eerie call forward, the statute of limitations had expired by that time.
According to a statement issued by Nashville police department spokesperson Don Aaron, “The alleged sexual battery was reported to have occurred when the victim was between the ages of 11 and 14.”
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
The allegations also surface in divorce proceedings filed by Perry’s ex-wife. In in sworn affidavit, she attests 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.” The term “inappropriate marital conduct” appears throughout the court documents, according to Buzzfeed, and it seems to be a euphemism for molestation.
In another filing, submitted earlier in the hearings, his ex-wife references Perry’s “admitted sexual abuse” of a minor. Perry didn’t confirm or deny this in his filing, but instead claimed that:
“[T]here was never any testimony or other evidence of any kind presented” to the court, “or any orders or findings of fact […] regarding any alleged sexual abuse of any minor child relative to the parties’ divorce or any other legal proceeding.”
In a second series of lawsuits against Perry, Austin Davis, a former parishioner of Covenant Presbytarian Church in Nashville, alleges that the church helped to cover up Perry’s crimes. Davis also claims that the church attempted to silence him, using a sustained campaign of harassment.
Inquiries to Covenant Presbyterian were forwarded to their attorney. Autumn Gentry, a lawyer for Covenant Presbyterian, told BuzzFeed News they can’t comment on ongoing litigation.
The individual Perry allegedly molested told BuzzFeed News that she believed that the church reacted appropriately, and did not cover up Perry’s alleged offense. Perry has not returned multiple requests for comment from BuzzFeed News.
In an affidavit submitted as part of his case, Austin Davis claims the accuser told him that she had been molested between the ages of 11 and 13.
In Davis’s court case, he presents what he alleges are minutes from Covenant Presbyterian Church meetings that show Perry resigning from the church’s diaconate in 2008, and minutes from 2010 showing Perry was excommunicated from the church because he “has confessed to committing heinous and repetitive sin […] and has not shown evidence of repentance.” The minutes appear to have been introduced as evidence in one of Davis’ lawsuits against the church. The church does not appear to have objected to the introduction of the minutes or contested their authenticity.
When BuzzFeed spoke to a longtime church member, the church member was able to confirm the existence and authenticity of the minutes. The individual molested by Perry also confirmed that Perry had been excommunicated from the church as a result of the alleged abuse.
Davis’ wife, Catherine Davis, also wrote in a sworn affidavit that she’d spoken to the accuser in 2012, and the accuser was able to confirm the abuse happened numerous times when she was a minor. The accuser broke her silence in 2007 when she began telling her friends, family members, church leaders, and school officials.
As horrifying as this is, it shouldn’t surprise anyone. So long as there exists this culture that awards predators a position power, this abuse will continue. That Huckabee has chosen to align himself so closely to this culture of abuse and molestation is his problem, and tells us everything we need to know about him as a person.
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