A Lee's Summit man has been charged for allegedly exposing himself and trying to entice a 10-year-old girl whom he approached last week while driving a car in Independence.
Jackson County prosecutors charged Joshua A. Williams, 28, with attempted enticement of a child or attempted statutory sodomy for an incident that took place June 13 in a western Independence neighborhood and was captured by a neighbor's surveillance camera. The girl had run to a neighbor's house after the incident and also told her mother, who then called police.
According to court documents, a tip led detectives to Williams' home, where they found a vehicle matching that seen in the video. Williams' mother later told Independence police she thought her son might be the suspect after he lied about that car – which is in her name and she believed was the car in the surveillance video – never leaving the driveway on the day in question. She said Williams was “acting guilty” and worried police would pin the crime on him because he was a felon.
The next day, according to court documents, the mother called police and said Williams admitted to driving the car that day and handed over the car's only set of keys. She said Williams told him he had driven the car to Independence to get heroin but didn't have the money he needed, so he loaned the car to a “gang-banger” he was scared of. He said he would rather do prison time than turn in that person, though he was in the general area of the crime.
In a follow-up interview Monday with police, the 10-year-old girl said she was walking her neighbor's dogs home when a white, bald man, not wearing any clothes, pulled up in a black car. The girl said the man, whom she'd never seen before, asked if she had ever seen a penis and if she wanted to touch it. She dropped the dog's leashes and ran to a neighbor's house.
Williams was arrested later that day and declined to talk with police.
Missouri court records show Williams pleaded guilty in 2013 to distribution of a controlled substance or possession with intent to distribute. After his probation was revoked the next year, he received 120 days of shock incarceration, a five-year suspended sentence and three years probation, which he completed in August 2017.