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Man facing child molestation charges after being found with teen in a car

On Saturday, an LPD officer found Joshua Pennington and the minor in a car together in a church parking lot.

Posted: Jan. 10, 2019 5:46 AM
Updated: Jan. 10, 2019 6:20 AM

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) -- An Ohio man faces multiple counts of child molestation after allegedly having sex with a 13-year-old girl in Lafayette.

On Saturday, an LPD officer found Joshua Pennington and the minor inside a car together in a church parking lot on the city's southside. According to court documents, the officer ordered the two to come out of the car after they got dressed.

The 26-year-old told the officer he and the girl were dating. Pennington also told the officer the girl was 18 or 19 years old. Prosecutors said the girl told police she met Pennington online.

She listed her age as 15 on her profile, and Pennington listed his as 13. Prosecutors said the girl told officers that Pennington came to Lafayette several times during her holiday break.

He faces four counts of child molestation and two counts of child solicitation.

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