Mike Huckabee’s Co-Author Was Reportedly Accused Of Child Molestation

John Perry, who co-authored two of former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee's books, reportedly was accused of child molestation in two separate legal cases.

The writer who co-authored two of Republican presidential candidate and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee’s books was accused of child molestation in a police investigation and separate civil cases, BuzzFeed News reported late Wednesday.

The writer, John Perry, co-authored Huckabee’s 2007 book “Character Is The Issue” and his 2008 book “Do the Right Thing: Inside the Movement That’s Bringing Common Sense Back to America.” He also co-wrote a book with Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore in addition to “The Vow,” a book that later was adapted into a film starring Rachel McAdams and Channing Tatum.

The BuzzFeed report came after Huckabee spent weeks defending Josh Duggar, the eldest son of the family featured on “19 Kids and Counting” and whose parents endorsed both of the ex-governor’s presidential campaigns, amid a molestation scandal dating back to the time Josh Duggar was a teenager.

A 2012 Nashville, Tennessee police investigation into Perry determined that allegations of “sexual battery” of a female victim between the ages of 11 and 14 were “sustained,” department spokesman Don Aaron told BuzzFeed News. Aaron told the news site that the statute of limitations on the offense had already expired by that time, though.

The alleged sex abuse was also the subject of a series of lawsuits filed in county court by a parishioner of a church Perry once belonged to, according to BuzzFeed News. A man named Austin Davis alleged in that case that Covenant Presbyterian Church in Nashville covered up Perry’s child molestation.

Davis submitted to the court what he said were church minutes from 2008 that show Perry was excommunicated after confessing “to committing heinous and repetitive sin […] and has not shown evidence of repentance,” as quoted by BuzzFeed News.

The news site spoke with Perry’s alleged victim, who confirmed that the church excommunicated Perry because of the alleged acts of molestation. The unidentified victim disputed that the church covered up Perry’s abuse, however, and said the church acted appropriately.

A filing submitted by an attorney for Perry’s ex-wife in divorce proceedings also refers to Perry’s “admitted sexual abuse” of a minor child, according to BuzzFeed News. The report said Perry did not deny the abuse, or deny that he admitted to the abuse, in response to that filing.

Neither Perry nor Huckabee’s campaign responded to BuzzFeed News’ requests for comment.

Dear Reader,

When we asked recently what makes TPM different from other outlets, readers cited factors like honesty, curiosity, transparency, and our vibrant community. They also pointed to our ability to report on important stories and trends long before they are picked up by mainstream outlets; our ability to contextualize information within the arc of history; and our focus on the real-world consequences of the news.

Our unique approach to reporting and presenting the news, however, wouldn’t be possible without our readers’ support. That’s not just marketing speak, it’s true: our work would literally not be possible without readers deciding to become members. Not only does member support account for more than 80% of TPM’s revenue, our members have helped us build an engaged and informed community. Many of our best stories were born from reader tips and valuable member feedback.

We do what other news outlets can’t or won’t do because our members’ support gives us real independence.

If you enjoy reading TPM and value what we do, become a member today.

Latest Livewire
Masthead Masthead
Founder & Editor-in-Chief:
Executive Editor:
Managing Editor:
Associate Editor:
Investigations Desk:
Director of Audience:
Editor at Large:
General Counsel:
Head of Product:
Director of Technology:
Associate Publisher:
Front End Developer:
Senior Designer: