Luke D. Loganbill

Oklahoma and Kansas elementary school teacher, Mennonite camp counselor convicted

In September 2020, Luke Loganbill (b. 1992) pleaded no contest to five felonies, including four counts of child sexual abuse, in Texas County, Oklahoma. The county attorney released the judgment and sentencing document to MAP, as well as the plea of no contest and summary of facts submitted by Loganbill.

In February 2019, Goodwell Public Schools in Oklahoma had reported allegations of sexual misconduct by Loganbill during the 2016–2017 school year, when he was employed in the district as a fourth-grade teacher. After his time at Goodwell, Loganbill had moved to Elkhart Public Schools in Morton County, Kansas, where police conducted a search warrant at his residence. After the search, Loganbill was arrested. He was then charged with eight counts of child sexual abuse and lewd or indecent acts to a child. Several weeks later, he was charged in a second case with two more counts of child sexual abuse and sexual battery.

After Loganbill pleaded no contest, the court sentenced him to two and a half years in Oklahoma state prison with at least three years of probation, completion of a long-term sex offender treatment program, and registration as a sex offender.

At the time of his arrest, Loganbill was a member of West Zion Mennonite Church (Moundridge, Kansas), where he worked with children and served in leadership roles. He has also served in roles associated with Moundridge Vacation Bible School, Camp Mennoscah (Murdock, Kansas), and Western District Conference of Mennonite Church USA.

West Zion Mennonite Church announced Loganbill’s arrest in their April 28, 2019 bulletin, available on the church website. The announcement stated that Loganbill was not allowed on church property at that time, and listed outside resources for survivor advocacy and support. MAP contacted pastor Brad Roth, who stated that West Zion alerted Associated Ministries of Moundridge, where Luke was previously a leader in the community Vacation Bible School. Roth also said Loganbill was not allowed on church property because he chose not to sign the limited access agreement that was offered to him.

MAP also contacted Rick Krehbiel, executive director of Associated Ministries of Moundridge. Krehbiel outlined a four-step plan developed in consultation with Dr. Jeanette Harder of Dove’s Nest that was approved by the Vacation Bible School board and reportedly completed before the 2019 summer program: (1) announcing their Safety Covenant policy and calling for anyone who has not felt safe at Bible School to come forward, (2) training all volunteers, (3) disseminating information about child protection, and (4) introducing curriculum for kids on feeling safe and personal space, based on the Dove’s Nest Circle of Grace materials.

Camp Mennoscah sent letters to families and volunteers, stating that Loganbill had volunteered as a counselor for several weeks immediately preceding the time period of the criminal allegations. A letter dated May 30, 2019 was addressed to parents of boys who were in Loganbill’s cabin during those weeks. Two versions of a similar second letter, dated June 25 & 27, included information about the additional charges filed in June and were addressed to the families of campers and the volunteers from the weeks in which Loganbill was a volunteer. Camp Mennoscah provided copies of the letters to MAP upon request.

Church-related positions

  • Worship leader and member of the Worship Committee, West Zion Mennonite Church, Moundridge, Kansas
  • Student teacher through Bethel College, North Newton, Kansas
  • Delegate from West Zion Mennonite Church to the Western District Conference Annual Gathering, 2012
  • Bible Adventures leader, Moundridge Vacation Bible School, 2015
  • Counselor at Camp Mennoscah, Murdock, Kansas, for PreJunior I (June 12–16), PreJunior II (June 26–30), and First Camp (July 7–9), 2016

Documentation

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