Youngsville man bound over on sexual assault and other charges
A Youngsville man was bound over for court Wednesday morning during Central Court by District Justice Glenn Carlson.
Josh Lee Anderson, 24, was charged with felony statutory sexual assault, corruption of minors and indecent assault by Youngsville police. He was also charged with interference with custody of children, luring a child into a motor vehicle, corruption of minors and concealment of whereabouts of a child by City of Warren police.
The teenage victim became emotional before she could testify, and was escorted from the courtroom so she could regain her composure. When she returned, she answered attorneys’ questions with quiet, brief answers.
District Attorney Rob Greene asked her if she had had sex with Anderson.
“On how many occasions?” he asked.
“More than one,” she replied.
“More than five?”
He asked her where, and she said at Anderson’s house in Youngsville and in a car in Warren this summer.
Anderson’s attorney Robert Kinnear asked her, “When this came to light, who did you talk to?”
“My mom,” she answered.
Replying to other questions, she said she had been interviewed by a representative from Children and Youth and described the location of Anderson’s room in his house.
Greene then called Anderson’s sister, Jennifer Brewer, to the stand, and she testified that Anderson told her he had had sex with the victim.
The victim’s mother testified that she had moved out of her family’s home and the father had full custody. She also said that she knew, and permitted Anderson to date her daughter, and that she knew they were having sex. She testified that she had discussed her daughter’s age with Anderson, and the possibility of getting a marriage license.
She also testified that she had been present when Anderson tried to get her daughter to change her story.
Kinnear cross-examined the mother, and she said she couldn’t remember where or when the conversations took place.
“Did you approve of Josh dating your daughter?” he asked.
“Yes,” she replied.
After Kinnear made a brief argument about the evidence supporting the custody interference charge, countered by Greene, Carlson ruled that the prosecution presented enough evidence to hold Anderson for court.