Former Iowa pastor, foster parent charged with child molestation

Des Moines Register

Lee Rood , Jan. 26, 2017

The Dallas Center pastor charged this week with 13 criminal counts for allegedly sexually abusing a teenage girl was a licensed foster parent.

But Iowa’s Department of Human Services wouldn’t say Thursday whether the child he allegedly abused was under state supervision.

Randy August Johnson, 52, is accused of repeatedly sexually abusing a girl from 2013 to 2014 while she was 12 and 13 years old, according to court records.

Most of the abuse reportedly occurred at his Dallas Center home, next door to Dallas Center Church of the Brethren, where Johnson formerly was the pastor. His next court date is Feb. 6.

Tim Button-Harrison, district executive for the Northern Plains District Church of the Brethren, which oversees the Dallas Center church, declined to say when or how Johnson’s employment at the church ceased.

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