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Lengthy Investigation Leads To Indictment

A Warren, Pa., man the subject of a lengthy sexual abuse investigation has been indicted by a Chautauqua County grand jury.

The Ellicott Police Department on Friday announced the arrest of 25-year-old Joshua Erhard. The indictment includes charges of predatory sexual assault against a child, first-degree course of sexual conduct against a child and two counts of endangering the welfare of a child.

In a news release, Ellicott police said in March 2021 it began investigating — along with the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office and Pennsylvania State Police — allegations of sexual assault of an 11-year-old child. The assaults reportedly began in 2015 at a Falconer residence, continued in the town of Poland and ended in Warren County around 2020.

After the indictment was filed, Erhard was picked up on a warrant; he is currently in Warren County Jail pending extradition to Chautauqua County.

In April 2021, Warren-based Pennsylvania State Police announced a statutory sexual assault charge against Erhard amid allegations that he had sexual relations with a 15-year-old. The victim, now 16, reported “sexual behavior with a known person for many years in New York and then in Pennsylvania,” according to the affidavit of probable cause.

Ellicott police said the charge filed in Pennsylvania was directly connected to its investigation that resulted in the indictment in New York. “This case was a great team effort to get a child predator off the street,” said Det. Kevin Pierce of the Ellicott Police Department.

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