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Joshua Ward Jr.

Joshua Ward Jr.

Prosecutors Monday charged a La Crosse teen with raping a 12-year-old girl last summer.

It’s the second sexual assault case filed this month against 17-year-old Joshua Ward Jr. in La Crosse County Circuit Court. He is jailed on a $10,000 cash bond.

He was charged Friday with molesting a woman inside a car parked in Houska Park while out on bond in two misdemeanor cases, according to the complaint.

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Reports of the assault surfaced earlier this month. The victim, then 12, told police Ward raped her in summer 2015 at a house on Fifth Avenue South, the complaint reported.

Ward is charged with first-degree sexual assault of a child and returns to court Thursday with an attorney.

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