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Nigerian college student convicted of sexual abuse of a minor, second-degree rape in Carroll County

A Carroll County jury found a Nigerian college student guilty of one count of sexual abuse of a minor and two counts of second-degree rape.

During the three-day trial that ended Thursday, the 14-year-old victim, who was 11 at the time of the abuse, testified about details of ongoing sexual abuse by John Oluwdamilare Joseph during the summer of 2019, according to a news release from the Carroll County State’s Attorney Office.

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The defendant was in the United States to attend college in Tennessee. Joseph came to Carroll County during the summer of 2019 to participate in an internship in Washington, D.C., according to the release. After an investigation by members of the Carroll County Advocacy and Investigation Center, an arrest warrant was obtained for him.

According to charging documents, Joseph was living with a family friend in Sykesville between May and August of 2019 before returning to Tennessee, where he would then attend Fisk University.

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In 2020, the victim’s mother advised a law enforcement officer her juvenile daughter had disclosed she was sexually abused in her residence between six to 10 times by Joseph during his stay, according to the documents.

On Feb. 3, the defendant was arrested by members of the Metro Nashville Police Department in Nashville, Tennessee and extradited to Carroll County. This investigation and prosecution of this case was a combined effort of the Carroll County State’s Attorney’s Office Special Victims Unit, Cpl. Fogarty of the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office and members of the Carroll County Advocacy and Investigation Center, detectives from the Nashville Police Department and Jamie Martin and the Carroll County Department of Social Services.

Attorneys for Joseph did not respond to requests for comment about the case.

The case was prosecuted by Senior Assistant State’s Attorney Amy Ocampo.

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“I appreciate the cooperative efforts of the investigators and our office in helping to get justice for the victim,” State’s Attorney Allan Culver, said according to a news release.

The court will set a sentencing date in early 2022, according to the release.

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