Police: DNA links Besaw to 12-year-old victim
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WEBSTER — Police have arrested a 35-year-old man Connecticut man after DNA evidence reportedly links him to the abduction and sexual assault of a 12-year-old girl on May 31.
Joshua Besaw was arrested early Wednesday morning at his home on Porter Plain Road in Thompson, Conn., without incident, according to a statement issued by the Webster Police Department. After being apprehended without incident, Besaw was taken to U.S. District Court and appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Donna F. Martinez on charges of kidnapping and transporting a minor to engage in illegal sexual activity, police said, noting the suspect was ordered to be detained.
Police said DNA retrieved from used cigarettes match DNA taken from the victim on May 31 after she had been abducted from May Street Park in Webster.
In a statement, Webster Police Chief Michael Shaw credited investigators from his department and the several other agencies involved, including detectives from the Major Crimes Unit of the Connecticut State Police, Supervisory Special Agent Kimberly Lawrence and Special Agent John Van Kleeff of the Worcester Office of the FBI, Supervisory Special Agent Jeffrey Waterman and Special Agent Lisa McNamara of the New Haven Office of the FBI, DEA Technical Specialist Eric Evans, Worcester Police Officer Brian Bisceglia of the Cyber Crimes Division, technical specialists in the Worcester and New Haven Offices of the FBI, Assistant U.S. Attorney Nancy Gifford of the District of Connecticut, Senior First Assistant District Attorney Jeff Travers, the Sexual Assault Unit of the Worcester County District Attorney’s Office, and the Massachusetts State Police Crime Lab.
“On behalf of the family, and the Webster Police Department, we cannot thank you enough. I would like to thank Deputy Chief Tobby Wheeler, Lieutenant Gordon Wentworth, and Detectives Joseph Reed, Chris Trainor, Tim Whiting, and Officer Bruce Hamm for their efforts in this case,” Shaw said. “They have worked tirelessly over the last several weeks to bring this case to a successful resolution. They are a credit not onto the department, the town, but to the profession.”
Victim “enticed … under the guise of needing help with a friend”
During a June 4 press conference on the investigation, Shaw said the 12-year-old female victim rode her bicycle to May Street Park to meet a friend when she was approached by an unknown caucasian male in a car. Shaw said the man, described by police last week as roughly 5’10” and “scruffy,” reportedly “enticed” the girl to go with him “under the guise of needing help with a friend.” The girl was then taken to a location law enforcement believes to be over the state line in Connecticut, and allegedly sexually assaulted before being dropped off in the neighborhood of Chase Avenue in Dudley. Shaw said it was then that the “horrified” young girl ran to a home in the neighborhood to contact her mother.