Army National Guard recruiter arrested for child molestation at JBLM

TACOMA, Wash. — An Army National Guard recruiter and former Air Force Special Agent was arrested Thursday on a grand jury indictment charging him with five counts of sexual abuse of a child under 12 years of age.

Joshua Harrod, 42, of Spanaway, is accused of sexually molesting a young child between October 2017 and April 2018 while residing on Joint Base Lewis-McChord, according to a release from the U.S. Department of Justice.

Harrod left the Air Force in 2018 and is currently employed as a recruiter for the Army National Guard in Lakewood.

The charges are punishable by a mandatory minimum of 30 years in prison and up to life in prison.