A judge in a Hartford, Connecticut courtroom sentenced a man to 20 years in prison for kidnapping a 12-year-old girl in Webster and sexually assaulting her in 2019.
According to court documents, Joshua Besaw, 37, of Thompson, Connecticut, met the girl on May 31, 2019 at a park in Webster and tricked the minor into entering his vehicle.
He drove the girl to a wooded area in Thompson, where the sexual assault took place.
Besaw then drove the girl back to Massachusetts and released her in an unfamiliar neighborhood and refused to return her cellphone.
The girl borrowed a phone from a stranger to contact her parents. Later that day, medical personnel at a local hospital conducted a sexual assault examination of the victim.
After an extensive investigation, investigators conducting surveillance of Besaw collected cigarette butts he discarded on July 10, 2019. Besaw’s DNA matched evidence collected from the minor when she was assaulted.
Law enforcement officials arrested Besaw on July 17, 2019, and in custody since. He pleaded guilty on March 13, 2020.