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Posted on: December 22, 2018

[ARCHIVED] Wadsworth Man Arrested After Manufacturing Child Pornography


In November of 2018, Lake County Sheriff’s Detectives received information Joshua D. Howard, 20, of the 38800 block of Chicago Avenue, Wadsworth, was suspected of having a sexual relationship with a juvenile girl.

Detectives conducted an extensive investigation and evidence recovered during their investigation indicates not only did Howard have the sexual relationship with the juvenile, he video/audio recorded being engaged in sexual acts with the juvenile.

On December 21, 2018, Sheriff’s Detectives conducted a search warrant at Howard’s residence.  Computer and cellular electronics were seized during the search warrant.  Howard was arrested and subsequently charged with:

Manufacturing Child Pornography (Class X Felony) 

Criminal Sexual Abuse (Class A Misdemeanor)

Howard remains held at the Lake County Jail on $750,000.00 bail.  He is next due in court on January 16, 2019, at 1:30PM in Courtroom T110.

The investigation into Howard is ongoing and Sheriff’s Detectives encourage anyone with information about Howard to contact them at 847-377-4245.

Sheriff Idleburg reminds the public the defendant is presumed innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law.

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