Wayne County Man Accused of Sexually Abusing a Minor Arrested on Federal Criminal Complaint
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – United States Attorney Mike Stuart announced today that Joshua Morrison, 21, of Wayne County, was arrested on a federal complaint alleging that he sexually abused a minor. The complaint alleges that on or about January 9, 2016, Morrison sexually abused a minor female while aboard a cruise ship in international waters. Morrison faces up to 15 years in prison, if convicted.
“Protecting children, the most vulnerable victims, is my greatest priority. My office takes all allegations of crimes against children very, very seriously,” said United States Attorney Mike Stuart. “I will always do all in my power to bring to justice those who victimize our children.”
The investigation is being conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. "The victimization of children can have a devastating impact for years," said FBI Assistant Special Agent in Charge Nick Boshears. "Our children are among the most vulnerable members of our community, and we must protect them any way we can. No matter where the crime occurs, we will work with partner agencies to exhaust all investigative resources to apprehend those responsible."
Assistant United States Attorney Emily Wasserman is handling the prosecution.
Note: The charge contained in the complaint is merely an accusation, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.