*Hat Tip: Phillip King
An 18-year-old Millville white male has pleaded not guilty to sexually assaulting a 7-year-old girl while at a friend’s house, watching a movie. Joshua A. Powell entered his plea while also waiving his right to a preliminary hearing, where a judge would have determined whether prosecutors have sufficient evidence to bind him over for trial.
The young child molester was in 1st District Court Tuesday afternoon, appearing by video from jail. He has been charged with three counts of sex abuse of a child, a second-degree felony.
Defense attorney Wayne Caldwell told the court they wished to waive their hearing and enter their plea to the charges. He explained that prosecutors had given them a plea offer. They needed a couple weeks to discuss it and work out the details.
Judge Thomas Willmore said he would grant the pedophile time to work out a plea deal. He ordered him to appear again in court April 7 for a change of plea hearing.