Man accused of raping woman and child

A Lewiston man has been charged with raping a woman and her 2-year-old daughter in what one career investigator called among the worst cases of sexual assault he has ever seen.

Submitted photo


Repeat sexual offender Joshua A. Whitlock, 30, of 850 Main St., was indicted Wednesday on 19 counts, including gross sexual assault, sexual exploitation of a minor, criminal restraint and possession of sexually explicit materials.

The charges date back to December when Whitlock is accused of sexually assaulting the young girl. According to the indictment, Whitlock held the girl's mother against her will and raped her in May.

He is accused of sexually assaulting the 2-year-old on five occasions in Lisbon and Lewiston. Investigators say he also raped the girl's mother on two occasions in Lewiston.

Whitlock is also charged with nine counts of possession of sexually explicit materials, including photographs of the 2-year-old victim, police said. For that, he is also charged with sexual exploitation of a minor.

Before he was arrested in May, Whitlock was investigated by detectives in Lewiston and Lisbon as well as the Maine Computer Crimes Task Force.

"There was a tremendous amount of work putting the case together," said Jonathan Pyska, a former Lewiston police detective and now Whitlock's probation officer. "It was a tough case for a lot of people."

At the time of his arrest, Whitlock was on probation stemming from a 2004 conviction for having sex with a 13-year-old girl he had met on the Internet. For that he was convicted of three counts of gross sexual assault, sentenced to nine months and a day in jail and ordered to serve four years of probation.

As part of that probation, Whitlock was prohibited from having contact with minors. He was also required to register as a sex offender. In court records, Whitlock is described as a sexually violent predator.

Whitlock remained at the Androscoggin County Jail in Auburn on Wednesday night without bail.

What do you think of this story?

Login to post comments

In order to make comments, you must create a subscription.

In order to comment on, you must hold a valid subscription allowing access to this website. You must use your real name and include the town in which you live in your profile. To subscribe or link your existing subscription click here.

Login or create an account here.

Our policy prohibits comments that are:

  • Defamatory, abusive, obscene, racist, or otherwise hateful
  • Excessively foul and/or vulgar
  • Inappropriately sexual
  • Baseless personal attacks or otherwise threatening
  • Contain illegal material, or material that infringes on the rights of others
  • Commercial postings attempting to sell a product/item
If you violate this policy, your comment will be removed and your account may be banned from posting comments.



 's picture

Why has this SEX OFFENDER

Why has this SEX OFFENDER been released? I feel all sex offenders, even the one timers, should never be let out of jail. My husband feels that anyone, being a judge, parole officers, etc. should be held accountable for releasing these perverts, and should also be jailed for putting the public in jeapordy. I totally agree, lets not just hold these perverts responsible, but the nuts who put them back out there. It has been verified, over & over, that once these nut jobs are released, they will do it again, so hold these public officials responsible.

 's picture

My goodness, a 2 year old

My goodness, a 2 year old little child. What the heck is wrong with this idiot. Goodness this makes me mad to think that someone could do this to a child...I hope they put him in prison where others can do him in. He shouldn't even make it to prison. He shouldn't have been let out in the first place.

 's picture

I hope the sicko rots in

I hope the sicko rots in hell!!!

 's picture

Seriously, I don't

Seriously, I don't understand why repeat sexual offenders cannot be castrated (at least chemically). Many times (like the guy in California), they come right out and say that they KNOW they will do it again, and they KNOW they can't control themselves.

How did our society get so turned around?

 's picture

look @the mug shot.... he's

look @the mug shot.... he's not sorry, quite smug in fact.... disgusting... absolutely disgusting... So Judge, ya gonna let him off easy this time too???


Stay informed — Get the news delivered for free in your inbox.

I'm interested in ...