Joshua Basulto mug shot

Joshua Basulto, 24, arrested for sexual abuse and sexual misconduct with a minor.

PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -- Phoenix police arrested a Grand Canyon University employee for the sexual abuse of an underage student Tuesday afternoon. 

According to court documents the victim, who is under 18 years old, went to the home of 24-year-old Joshua Basulto while his wife was away to watch a movie.

Basulto is a family friend of the victim. Documents state that the victim is from California and attends Grand Canyon University, where Basulto reportedly works. 

The victim told police that she fell asleep while watching the movie and awoke the next day with Basulto in bed with her. 

She said Basulto then sexually abused her. 

The victim was seen by a sexual assault nurse who examined her and confirmed that she sustained injuries consistent with a non-consensual sexual act. 

Police say Basulto admitted to the abuse in a recorded call with the victim. 

He was then arrested and booked on one count of sexual conduct with a minor and three counts of sexual abuse. 

GCU has released the following statement:

“We were made aware that Mr. Basulto was arrested yesterday and he was terminated immediately.  The allegations relate to an incident that occurred off of GCU’s campus and in no way relate to Mr. Basulto’s position at Grand Canyon.  Mr. Basulto did not work on GCU’s campus and his position as an entry level marketing coordinator did not require him to interact in any way with students.  We understand that Mr. Basulto and the victim were family friends and knew each other prior to the victim becoming a student at GCU.  We are working with the victim to provide counseling and support and the Phoenix Police Department is handling any further actions associated with this matter.”

 


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