Former Oskaloosa Pastor Charged in Nebraska Sex Case

David Russell Holmes

A former United Methodist pastor who once served in Oskaloosa was among four men charge in an investigation into a sexual assault charge. The news came via a news report on KETV in Omaha.

David Russell Holmes, 80, formerly of Oskaloosa, faces at least one count of first-degree sexual assault of a child in Nebraska. Holmes, retired from Central United Methodist Church of Oskaloosa in 2002, and is a current resident of Council Bluffs. According to the TV station, Holmes was arrested along with three other men and accused of sexually assaulting a 14-year-old male.

According to the report, the men met the juvenile via the Grindr app, leaving a trail for law enforcement officials to follow. Upon arrest Holmes said he met up with the 14-year-old in a hospital parking garage in February 2017 and engaged in oral sex. A later meeting between Holmes and the juvenile included another older male and also involved oral sex. As of April 4 Holmes was being held in the Douglas County Jail.

“These crimes do not just stay in Bellevue, they go outside of our jurisdictions,” Bellevue police Detective Roy Howell said. “Through my investigation, I was able to determine the victim has met three other individuals.”

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