Josh Duggar Isn’t Mike Huckabee’s Only Child Molester Friend — So Is The Co-Author Of His Books

Mike Huckabee has a child molester problem — which is something that, perhaps, cannot be said for any other 2016 GOP presidential candidate.

Even after Josh Duggar admitted to molesting five children (one of whom was five years old) — four of them his sisters, one of them the babysitter — Huckabee remained stalwart in his support of Josh Duggar and his family.

“Megyn, he is an unadjudicated minor at the time that this happened. You’re an attorney. You understand that a person is innocent until proven guilty,” Huckabee told Fox’s Megyn Kelly in a desperate attempt to justify his continuing support of the Duggar family.

“But he confessed,” Kelly responded.

“He was never adjudicated, but he did not confess in a court of law. The law does not hold him accountable, even if he confesses,” Huckabee said.

Huckabee’s desperation to stand up against what he calls a liberal attempt to”exploit” child molestation is rather unsurprising. After all, he recently publicly fantasized about falsely claiming to be a transgender individual so he can peek at high school girls in the shower.

But Josh Duggar is not Huckabee’s only pedophile friend.

John Perry, a man who co-authored many of Huckabee’s books, has also been accused of child molestation — two separate times. Buzzfeed reports that a 2012 investigation found that  “the allegations of sexual battery” against children “were sustained,” but as was the case with Duggar, the statute of limitations had expired:

“In a sworn affidavit submitted during divorce proceedings, Perry’s ex-wife 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.’ Throughout the court documents, ‘inappropriate marital conduct’ appears to be a euphemism for the alleged molestation.

“Perry’s responses are not included in the case file.

“Another filing, submitted by Perry’s ex-wife’s attorney earlier in the same proceedings, refers to Perry’s ‘admitted sexual abuse’ of a minor child. Perry’s response to that filing — also submitted prior to his ex-wife’s affidavit — does not deny the abuse, or that Perry admitted it. Instead, Perry claims that ‘there 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.’

“This claim is not, however, necessarily incompatible with Perry’s ex-wife’s claim that Perry ‘admitted to’ the alleged ‘inappropriate marital conduct’ during the discovery process, because it appears that those findings were not technically ‘presented’ to the court.”

“The alleged sexual battery was reported to have occurred when the victim was between the ages of 11 and 14,” Nashville police department spokesperson Don Aaron told BuzzFeed.

“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,” Aaron explained. “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.”

A second series of lawsuits related to the same acts of molestation accuse Perry’s church of covering up the abuse. However, the alleged victim tells Buzzfeed that she believes the church reacted appropriately, and did not participate in a coverup.

“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.

“BuzzFeed News spoke to a longtime church member, who said he had obtained the minutes for Davis and vouched for their authenticity. The minutes are accessible to any church member. The individual Perry allegedly molested also told BuzzFeed News that Perry was excommunicated from the church as a consequence of the alleged abuse.”

Catherine Davis, wife of Austin Davis, also confirmed that Perry confirmed the abuse occurred numerous times. According to Davis, the accuser spoke out in 2007 and began telling “friends, family members, church leaders, and school officials about what had allegedly occurred.”

Buzzfeed lists just some of Huckabee’s works with which Perry was involved:

“Perry co-wrote Do the Right Thing: Inside the Movement That’s Bringing Common Sense Back to America about Huckabee’s 2008 presidential campaign. He also did research and writing for Huckabee’s 2007 book Character Is the Issue, a memoir of his early time as governor. Perry also co-wrote So Help Me God, Moore’s autobiographical account of fighting to keep a monument to the Ten Commandments at Alabama’s Supreme Court.

“Those books are just a few of the titles produced with Perry’s help: He wrote For Faith & Family: Changing America by Strengthening the Family with Richard Land, the president of Southern Evangelical Seminary, a book with former Southern Baptist Convention president James T. Draper, as well as a book with Frank Page, the president and CEO of the Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee. Perry even co-authored The Vow, the book made into a feature film starring Rachel McAdams and Channing Tatum. Perry also lists writing two books for prominent pastor John F. MacArthur on his website.

As of yet, Huckabee remains silent on his latest child molester friend, but it’s probably not a rare thing that the presidential candidate would know a good number of child molesters. Jim Bob Duggar himself confirmed in his interview with Megyn Kelly that child molestation is a common problem in Christian families — at least, it appears, Christian families he (and presumably Huckabee) knows.

During the interview, Jim Bob Duggar explained that he was aware of numerous “similar situations” to his son’s sex crimes against children in the community — so much so that the Duggars did not have to look far for advice on the matter.

Yes, Mike Huckabee has a problem with child molesters — that problem being that he considers them friends.

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