Rep Jim Knoblach abruptly dropped his re-election bid Friday, amid allegations of inappropriate touching from his adult daughter
The Minnesota Republican ended his campaign after he was accused of serial molestation by his daughter, spanning a 12-year period
Laura Knoblach, 23, told Minnesota Public Radio that her father inappropriately touched her from the ages of 9 to 21
Laura claims she confided in family, friends and church authority figures
Sherburne County sheriff’s office began probing the case last year but never filed charges against Knoblach, chairman of the powerful House Ways and Means Committee
Knoblach, 60, said in a written statement, “Her allegations are false, I and other family members have made repeated attempts to reconcile with her in recent years, but she has refused”
Minnesota Republican state Rep. Jim Knoblach abruptly ended his re-election campaign Friday, after allegations of inappropriate touching from his adult daughter became public
A Minnesota state representative has quickly dropped his reelection bid after his own daughter claimed he had molested her over a 12-year period.
Republican state Rep. Jim Knoblach abruptly ended his re-election campaign Friday, Sept. 21, 2018 amid allegations of inappropriate touching from his adult daughter
Knoblach, 60, has denied the allegations, calling them “indescribably hurtful” before stating he was quitting so he could repair his family, reported NBC News.
“I love my children more than anything, and would never do anything to hurt them. Her allegations are false,” Knoblach, said in a written statement.
“I and other family members have made repeated attempts to reconcile with her in recent years, but she has refused.”
University of Colorado Boulder alum Laura Knoblach, 23, told Minnesota Public Radio that her father inappropriately touched her from the ages of 9 to 21. She alleged her dad would kiss her, as well as lick and bite her ears. She also claimed to have confided in family, friends and church authority figures about his actions for more than a decade.
The daughter also told MPR that she remembers her father entering her bedroom and falling sleep. She recalls him climbing in and laying down behind her. He also allegedly repeatedly pinned her against the dishwasher or refrigerator and then use his strength and size to prevent her from fleeing.
“He would put his arm around me and not let me get up or get away and he would lick my neck or bite my ear,” she told the station.
Rep. Jim Knoblach, who chairs the Minnesota House Ways and Means Committee, abruptly ended his re-election campaign Friday as MPR News prepared to publish detailed accusations from his 23-year-old daughter of molestation since her childhood
The sheriff’s office of Sherburne County began probing the case in 2017 but never filed charges against Knoblach, the chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee.
Shortly after her story was published, Laura posted the link on her personal Facebook with the caption, “My heart has never felt this heavy, but my shoulders have never been so light.” matters.
In his statement, Jim Knoblach said he wasn’t willing to spend six weeks fighting with his daughter in the media.
“Our daughter has been estranged from our family for some time,” he said. “In late 2016 she made some extremely hurtful and untrue accusations on a Facebook post, which was briefly put up and then taken down. These accusations were fully investigated by Sherburne County, dismissed, and the case closed in April 2017.”