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Dodge County Man, Arrested For Sexual Assault of Minor

April 08, 2019 10:44 AM

(ABC 6 News) -- A Dodge Center man who was reportedly a young men's leader at a church in Kasson, has been charged with two counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct.

Davis was a leader at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Kasson.

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Records show Davis has been a lifetime registered sex offender since he was convicted of two charges of third-degree felony attempted forcible sexual abuse with a minor in Utah in 2006.

According to the criminal complaint from Dodge County District Court, the investigation began March 4, after Davis was stopped for having an unbelted passenger in his vehicle; it was the 13-year-old male victim.

Davis knew the victim through the church they both attended The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Kasson, where he volunteered as the Elder Quorum President, a role in which he was reportedly responsible for a young men’s group.

Davis is accused of inappropriate touching and penetration that reportedly took place near the end of December 2018 at his home in Dodge Center.

Davis was arrested at his place of work on April 3 and taken to the Steele County Adult Detention Center, where he remains in custody on $100,000 conditional bond.

Neighbors of the church in Kasson said they are sad and disappointed.

Davis’s neighbors in Dodge Center described him as reclusive and strange, saying he didn’t come outside a lot.

He’s due back in court April 18.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints said Davis’s position was volunteer only, and would not say if they conducted a background check on him.

Randal Thomas, the president who oversees all of the congregations in the area, provided the following statement to ABC 6 News Friday night:

"Abuse of any kind is not tolerated in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Anyone who abuses a child is rightfully subject to both criminal prosecution and would also be subject to formal discipline from the Church, including loss of their membership. When the leader of our local congregation learned of this alleged abuse, he assisted the family to ensure a report was made to the authorities. This individual was not serving (and has not served) in any position in the congregation associated with youth or children. We extend our love to this family and are providing support to them, including offering to provide for professional counseling." -Randal Thomas, President, Rochester MN Stake, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

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(ABC 6 News) -- A Dodge Center man who was reportedly a young men's leader at a church in Kasson, has been charged with two counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct.

Michael Adam Davis, 34, was arrested Wednesday after a month-long investigation into an alleged sexual assault of a minor.

The two met while Davis was serving as a youth leader at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Kasson, but according to the Dodge County Sheriff's Office, any alleged incidents of contact did not occur at the church or at a church function.

The alleged victim in this case is the only juvenile that has come forward with a report of inappropriate behavior by Davis.

Utah authorities confirmed this afternoon that Davis is a lifetime registered sex offender, following a previous conviction involving a minor in that state.

Dodge County Sheriff Scott Rose said in a statement that the arrest should serve as an important reminder to any organization with activities involving children to "make sure you are conducting criminal background checks on any adults, paid or volunteer, that are allowed to have contact with children."

Davis is behind held at the Steele County Jail in Owatonna on $100,000 conditional bond; his first court appearance is scheduled for April 18.

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