Mom turns son in to police for making inappropriate comments, gestures at 10-year-old

Posted at 4:51 PM, Jun 19, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-19 16:51:18-04

INDEPENDENCE, Mo. - A Missouri man who allegedly exposed himself to a 10-year-old is behind bars for his alleged actions after his mom turned him in to police.

Joshua A. Williams

Jackson County prosecutors charged 28-year-old Joshua A. Williams with attempted enticement of a child and one count of attempted statutory sodomy with a person less than 12 years old.

The alleged incident happened on June 13.

According to court documents, Williams was not wearing a shirt when he pulled up and started asking the 10-year-old inappropriate questions and touching himself.

When the little girl ran away, Williams took off, charging documents say.

A neighbor's surveillance cameras captured the entire incident. This helped police put out a photo of a two-door black sedan next day, and they immediately received a tip.

Thanks to that tip, a detective tracked the car seen in the video to a Lee's Summit home where they came in contact with Williams, court documents say. While there Williams told the detective that the car seen in the surveillance video belong to his mother, but he added that it had not left the driveway.

After the detective left the home, Williams' mother called the detective and said her son lied, and he was "acting guilty," charging documents said. She also said he handed over the only set of keys to the car, which had been missing.

The mother of the 10-year-old says it only took a moment for the man to victimize her daughter.

She said the girl was bringing her neighbor's dogs to their house after finding them wandering around the neighborhood when she encountered Williams.

The girl dropped the dogs' leashes and ran to a neighbor's house who called police immediately.