UPDATE: 12.5/16 3:30 p.m.

29 year-old Joshua Moody appeared in Missoula Justice Court on Monday afternoon for sexual assault, after allegedly molesting a minor child. Deputy Missoula County Attorney Amber Henning asked Judge Marie Anderson for Moody's bail to be continued at the $100,000 amount named on the arrest warrant.

Henning said Moody has a criminal record in Louisiana.

"By the defendant's own admission, he has previously plead to molestation in Louisiana as a juvenile and accepted a deal where he was placed on probation and went to a psychiatrist for four years," Henning said. "This is not an isolated incident, and a high bail is warranted for community protection."

Judge Anderson set bail at $100,000 and ordered the defendant to have no contact with the alleged victim.

His next court appearance will be December 20.


Over the weekend, Missoula Police arrested 29-year-old Joshua Dwayne Moody as a suspect in the the repeated sexual assault of a nine-year-old boy.

According to Missoula Police Public Information Officer Travis Welsh, the suspect was identified back in October and questioned by police in November after the child victim came to the First Step Resource Center and counselors there notified police of the victim's age and condition.

According to the warrant affidavit, the victim complained of irritation after molestation by Moody.. The child reportedly told investigators that the attacks occurred on an almost daily basis for months between July and September. Investigators interviewed another even younger child that witnessed the attacks on approximately six occasions.

When interviewed by police, Moody said that he only touched the boy's private parts by "accident" on two occasions before stopping the interview and pleading his Miranda Rights.

Police arrested Moody on a Warrant at a residence which is not far from Russell Elementary School.