HANFORD — A former sailor has been found guilty of physically and sexually abusing two children while serving at Naval Air Station Lemoore.
Joshua Daniel Moon, 31, was convicted of aggravated sexual assault of a child, lewd and lascivious acts with a child by means of force and assault with a deadly weapon, among other charges.
The guilty verdict came after a five-day trial at Kings County Superior Court. Jurors heard testimony from his two victims, an 8-year-old girl and a 12-year-old boy who were ages 5 and 9 respectively when the first abuse occurred, according to the Kings County District Attorney’s Office.
The girl told the court the first incident happened back in 2010, while Moon was stationed at the base. The victim said he came into her room and forced her to perform a sex act on him.
In another instance, Moon took the boy to a public pool and urged him to jump in the deep end. The boy said he couldn’t swim well and was afraid. Later, Moon told the boy he had embarrassed him. As punishment, Moon punched him several times in the face and chest, according to court testimony.
Prosecutors also called on Moon’s ex-girlfriend to testify. She told the court that Moon enjoyed hard core pornography — and some of the acts depicted in the videos matched accounts given by the two victims.
These incidents, which later included sexual intercourse, continued when the family moved to Nevada.
The allegations came to light last May, when the children confessed to an adult in Lyon’s County, Nevada. Deputies there investigated and contacted local authorities.
In July, Moon made headlines when authorities extradited him from Nevada to stand trial.
Jurors heard his case and deliberated for about five hours before coming back with a guilty verdict.
Moon is now facing a likely 24 years-to-life sentence when he returns to court on March 27.
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