Updated: Jul 22, 2018
*Hat Tip: Phillip King
A Wayne County man accused of sexually assaulting a 12-year-old girl when he was 18 on a cruise in the Bahamas is scheduled to enter a guilty plea, according to court records.
Prosecutors with the U.S. Attorney’s Office filed a motion for a guilty plea hearing in U.S. District Court in Charleston on Friday. It was quickly approved by Judge Joseph Goodwin, who set the hearing for Monday, July 16 at 10 a.m.
Joshua Morrison, of Kenova and now 21, is being prosecuted via a criminal information rather than a grand jury indictment, which usually indicates a suspect plans to enter a guilty plea.
The pedophile is accused of coercing a girl from Utah, then 12, into performing sexual acts while the two were on a cruise ship, according to a federal criminal complaint.
The girl was able to remember the first name and first initial of the last name of the suspect, and that he was from West Virginia. The girl’s mother reported the crime to authorities about a year after it occurred.
The criminal complaint states the suspect was aware of the girl’s age, even telling her he had experience with girls below the age of consent.
The diabolical assault took place in a bathroom aboard the ship. After the incident, the sex terrorist told the girl not to tell anyone, because he could go to jail. He also threatened the victim that he would find her if she did alert the authorities, according to the criminal complaint.