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Police: Hagerstown man admits to sexually abusing toddler

July 23, 2008|By HEATHER KEELS

HAGERSTOWN -- Police say a Hagerstown man admitted to sexually abusing a 2-year-old boy he was caring for July 7 while the boy's mother was at work, according to allegations in Washington County District Court documents.

Joshua Cooper Frush, 32, of 56 East Ave., was charged with first-degree sex offense, first-degree child abuse resulting in severe physical injury, sexual abuse of a minor, second-degree sex offense, child abuse by someone with temporary custody and second-degree assault, court records show.

At a bond review hearing Tuesday, Washington County District Court Judge Ralph H. France II ordered that Frush continue to be held without bond.

The alleged abuse was reported July 8 by staff at Washington County Hospital, where the boy was taken with serious bruising, Hagerstown Police Department Detective Shane Blankenship wrote in charging documents.

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His mother said she left the boy and his older brother with Frush while she was at work the evening of July 7, Blankenship wrote. The boy's mother changed his diaper before leaving for work and said he was uninjured at that time, Blankenship wrote.

It was not until Frush was changing the boy's diaper the next morning that his mother noticed his injuries, Blankenship wrote.

Frush initially denied causing the injuries and agreed to take a polygraph exam, Blankenship wrote. He failed the exam and, in a subsequent interview, said he sexually abused the boy while he was changing his diaper, Blankenship alleged in court documents.

Frush said he didn't know why he decided to do what he did, Blankenship wrote.

A preliminary hearing in the case is scheduled for Aug. 20 in Washington County District Court.

Conviction on a first-degree sex offense charge carries a maximum sentence of life in prison.

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