Jury finds Stevens guilty on all five counts of child molestation

BEDFORD – A Lawrence County Superior Court I jury found 35-year-old Joshua J. Stevens guilty on all five felony child molestation charges.

Joshua Stevens

Stevens was represented by Public Defenders Bruce Andis and Nicholas Moll. Prosecuting the case for the state was Deputy Prosecutors Lisa Kempf, and Jennifer Tucker-Young.

Judge John Plummer III presided over the trail.

Thursday afternoon the defense rested and the jury was given final directions. Deliberations returned to the courtroom with a guilty verdict on all five counts.

Stevens will be sentenced by Judge Plummer on September 22, 2022 at 1 p.m.

Stevens was arrested after a Bedford Police Department detective received a report on January 6, 2020, from the Indiana Department of Child Services alleging sexual abuse.

The victim was interviewed at Susie’s Place Child Advocacy Center and estimated the abuse occurred “around 90 times” in Bedford over the last seven years, according to the court records.

The victim testified Thursday the abuse began at the age of 4 and lasted until she turned 11. She told her grandmother about the abuse on Thanksgiving in 2019 and the abuse stopped. Family members then contacted authorities about the abuse. The child’s mother worked long hours and the abuse occurred while she was working and away from the home.

The victim told jurors that Stevens stated: “not to tell anyone, or I will go to jail and never see you again.”

Attorney Bruce Andis claimed the victim fabricated her story because she didn’t want to live with her parents.