Wadsworth Man Arrested After Investigators Discover Illegal Relationship and Video Evidence with Juvenile Girl

Joshua Howard sexual offense suspect in Wadsworth, Illinois

LAKE COUNTY SHERIFF’S DETECTIVES RECEIVED TIP ABOUT ILLEGAL RELATIONSHIP

In November of 2018, Lake County Sheriff’s Detectives received information that suspect Joshua D. Howard, age 20, of the block of 38800 Chicago Avenue in Wadsworth, was suspected of having a sexual relationship with a juvenile girl.

Detectives began an extensive investigation. Evidence recovered during the investigation indicates Joshua D. Howard had a sexual relationship with the juvenile, and he used a device that recorded video and audio while engaged in sexual acts with the juvenile.

On Friday December 21, 2018, Lake County Sheriff’s Detectives conducted a search warrant at Howard’s residence. Computer and cellular electronics were seized during the search warrant. Howard was arrested and subsequently charged with:

Manufacturing Child Pornography (Class X Felony)
Criminal Sexual Abuse (Class A Misdemeanor)

Howard remains held at the Lake County Jail on $750,000.00 bail. He is next due in court on January 16, 2019, at 1:30PM in Courtroom T110.

The investigation into Howard is ongoing and Sheriff’s Detectives urge any citizens with information about Howard to contact them at 847-377-4245.

Sheriff Idleburg reminds the public the defendant is presumed innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law.

Joshua Howard sexual offense suspect in Wadsworth, IllinoisJoshua Howard, sexual offense suspect in Wadsworth, Illinois — Lake County near the communities of Gurnee, Beach Park, Old Mill Creek.

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