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Thompson Man Arrested After Webster Abduction & Assault On 12-Year-Old Girl

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Joshua Besaw, Webster Police Department

A Thompson man has been arrested in connection to an abduction of a 12-year-old girl from Webster in May.

Webster Police announced 35-year-old Joshua Besaw after a lengthy investigation, which included reviewing surveillance video.

Police believe Besaw enticed the child to enter his vehicle at a park in Webster, then drove her across the state line into Connecticut where an assault took place.  The child was then dropped off in a Dudley neighborhood and contacted her parents who picked her up and brought her to police.

Detectives who were tracking the suspect were able to retrieve used cigarettes that were tested for DNA that matched DNA that was taken from the victim on May 31.

Besaw was arrested early on Wednesday morning at his home without incident and taken to US District Court on the charges of kidnapping and transportation of a minor to engage in illegal sexual activity.

In addition to the Webster Police, assistance was given by the Connecticut State Police Major Crimes Unit, the Worcester and New Haven offices of the FBI, the DEA, Worcester Police Cyber Crimes Unit, the Massachusetts State Police Crime Lab, and Worcester County District Attorney’s office.

In a press release, Webster Police Chief Mike Shaw said, “On behalf of the family, and the Webster Police Department, we cannot thank you enough.”

“They have worked tirelessly over the last several weeks to bring this case to a successful resolution. They are a credit not onto the department, the town, but to the profession.”

A press release with more details will be held at Webster Police Department at 4PM this afternoon.