FORMER YOUTH MINISTER ARRESTED FOR SEXUALLY MOLESTING AT LEAST FOUR CHILDREN

A former Iowa City church youth leader and North Liberty private school teacher inappropriately touched multiple children over the course of several years, police say.

Between 2006 and 2013, Benjamin C. Tweedt, 32, of North Liberty, fondled or had inappropriate sexual interactions with at least four children between the ages of 11 and 13, police say. He was arrested Wednesday. Among the charges he faces are one count of third-degree sexual abuse and two counts of lascivious acts with a child – fondle or touch, which are both class C felonies.

Tweedt was a youth leader and mentor at Parkview Church in Iowa City since 2004, according to his LinkedIn page. The church, which reported the allegations to police in February, says Tweedt was a volunteer but was never an employee.

“In early February we were made aware of incidents that occurred involving a volunteer in the junior high ministries prior to 2012 and immediately contacted local authorities,” the church said in a statement.

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