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North Liberty youth pastor pleads not guilty to sexual abuse

Tweedt is charged with one count of third degree Sexual Abuse, two counts of Lascivious Acts with a Child, three counts of Indecent Contact with a Child, and two counts of Lascivious Conduct with a Minor. (Johnson County Jail)

A youth pastor in North Liberty has pleaded not guilty to a number of charges related to accusations that he had inappropriate contact with children.

Benjamin Tweedt filed his plea in a written arraignment on Thursday.

Police were made aware of an incident allegedly involving 32-year-old Benjamin Tweedt on February 15, 2017 at Parkview Church in Iowa City. Police tell CBS2/FOX28 the abuse allegedly took place during one-on-one mentoring sessions with four victims over the past 10 years. Parkview Church removed Tweedt from the student ministry as soon as they were made aware of the allegations.

Criminal complaints alleged that between 2006 and 2013 Tweedt touched the victims by running his fingers down their bodies until he touched their genitals, getting into a bed with a victim during a retreat, and having them measure their genitalia with a ruler in front of him.


Tweedt is charged with one count of third degree Sexual Abuse, two counts of Lascivious Acts with a Child, three counts of Indecent Contact with a Child, and two counts of Lascivious Conduct with a Minor.

His trial is scheduled for October 10.

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