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Army recruit accused of molesting Lake Havasu boy

March 17, 2019

LAKE HAVASU CITY — Authorities allege a 4-year-old Lake Havasu City boy was molested by a man who was on Christmas leave from basic training from a U.S. Army base in South Carolina.

An investigation began Jan. 1 when the victim’s parents contacted police.

Police reports said that Joshua Sword was visiting the vicitm’s parents when the boy’s father used his fingernail to unlock a bedroom door on Dec. 26. The man reportedly discovered his son in the room while Sword, 19, ran to a closet.

Police reports indicated that Sword told the father that his son’s pants were down because he had wet himself. The boy reportedly told investigators that Sword touched him inappropriately.

A review of the case investigation prompted a decision by Deputy Mohave County Attorney Megan McCoy to pursue criminal charges.

McCoy authorized a child molestation charge for Sword, who awaits trial while being held in the Mohave County Adult Detention Center in Kingman on a $500,000 bond.