London man charged with attempted rape, impersonating a police officer

LONDON, Ky. (WTVQ) – A London man is behind bars after deputies say he drove to a house to pick up a 12-year-old girl in a pickup that was carrying drugs, alcohol, condoms, and police equipment.

The Laurel Co. Sheriff says that deputies got a call just before midnight on Sunday that 22-year-old Joshua Wagers was on his way to pick up the young girl.  Deputies say the girl’s father was trying to keep Wagers busy until law enforcement could arrive.  When they got there, deputies say Wagers told them he thought the girl was 16, and that they were just going to drive around.  Through questioning Wagers, deputies learned that he had met with the girl before, and had implied he was a police officer.

Deputies say the girl’s father found out about Wagers by looking at his daughter’s social media accounts.

According to a Sheriff’s report, deputies found Hydroxyzine, a white powder substance crushed up in a small baggie, alcohol, condoms, a badge, a pistol, and a police radio in Wagers’ pickup truck.

Joshua Wagers

Photo Courtesy: Laurel Co. Sheriff’s Office

Wagers was charged with attempted rape, attempted impersonation of a peace officer, attempted unlawful transaction with a minor for illegal sex acts, serving alcoholic beverages to a minor, illegal possession of legend drug, and possession/use of radio that sends/receives police  messages.

He was taken to the Laurel County Detention Center.

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