35-year-old Conn. Man Arrested for Abduction and Sexual Assault in Webster

35-year-old Conn. Man Arrested for Abduction and Sexual Assault in Webster

WEBSTER – A 35-year-old Thomspon, Conn. man was arrested on Wednesday morning for the abduction and sexual assault that occurred in late May in Webster and in Thompson.

As ThisWeekinWorcester.com reported in early June, on   

The suspect was identified by Webster Police and the FBI as Joshua Besaw, 35, 22 Porter Plain Rd., Thompson, CT.

Webster Police put out a request for any surveillance video that was available in the area from May 31, hoping that it would show something that would help investigators ascertain the identity of the suspect. 

As a result of the request, police received video that was crucial to the case, and after an extensive investigation by Webster Police Detectives, Besaw was identified. 

During the course of this investigation, the FBI was contacted for assistance and as a result of that were able to survey Besaw and retrieve used cigarettes that were able to be tested for DNA. That DNA matched DNA that was taken from the victim on May 31. 

Besaw was arrested early Wednesday morning at his house in Connecticut without incident. He was taken to US District Court where he appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Donna F. Martinez on the charges of Kidnapping and Transportation of a Minor to Engage in Illegal Sexual Activity. He was ordered to be detained.

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