Sentence delayed for accused sexual offender, former firefighter

Monday, June 4, 2012 | 8:40 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA  — Sentencing for accused sexual offender Joseph Roush was delayed Monday after his attorney asked to see a video of an interview between police and the defendant.

Roush, a former Columbia firefighter, was arrested July 5, 2011, and charged with sexual exploitation of a minor. He pleaded guilty to child endangerment.

On the stand Monday, he admitted he touched the breasts of the victim, who was 15 years old at the time. The original charge included allegations that he touched other parts of the victim, which he denied on the stand.

The victim’s mother also spoke during Monday’s hearing. She said her daughter is a good child but is now on a “destructive path.”

"She has been through extensive therapy and is exhibiting extreme sexual behaviors," the victim's mother said.

She also told Boone County Circuit Judge Kevin Crane that Roush took nude photos of her daughter on his cell phone and masturbated in front of her.

Roush admitted taking the photos but denied the rest of the allegations.

Crane rescheduled the final disposition for 1:30 p.m. June 25.   

Supervising editor is Jeanne Abbott.


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