WARSAW — A Warsaw man was recently arrested for molesting two children.
Joshua Paul Denney, 36, 218 S. Scott St., Warsaw, is charged with child molesting, a level 1 felony; child molesting, a level 4 felony; and sexual misconduct with a minor, a class B felony.
On Feb. 5, a Warsaw Police officer received a report from Child Protective Services of child molestation. A child had told their parents they had been sexually abused by Denney.
On Feb. 8, a forensic interview was completed with the child at Safe Harbor Child Advocacy Center. During the interview, the child described having to inappropriately touch Denney.
According to court documents, the child also described another incident where Denney had sexual intercourse with them. The child said these events happened sometime between Jan. 1, 2016, and Dec. 31, 2017. They said the events occurred over the course of several weeks, with the touching occurring five times and sexual intercourse happening once.
During the course of the investigation, a Warsaw Police detective learned of another possible victim of sexual abuse by Denney. The detective spoke with the second child, who said they were forced and manipulated to engage in sexual activity with Denney on multiple occasions. They also described another event where Denney attempted to have sexual intercourse with them. The child said the abuse took place sometime between Jan. 1, 2010, and Dec. 31, 2011.
On Feb. 19, the detective spoke with Denney about the incidents. Denney admitted to engaging in sexual activity with the second child and said this occurred about six months after his release from prison.
Denney agreed that the two children’s reports were accurate.
He was booked in the Kosciusko County Jail on April 1, with a $50,250 surety and cash bond.