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Former Omaha high school security guard facing child porn, enticement charges

A Bellevue man faced a judge this afternoon for the first time accused of child enticement.
Published: Jun. 23, 2022 at 3:23 PM CDT
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OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) - A 29-year-old man who worked as a security guard at an Omaha high school was in court Thursday to face charges of possessing child porn and enticing a teenager.

Joshua Higgs, who was a contracted security guard at Omaha’s Northwest High School, was arrested on a June 13 warrant filed in Douglas County Court. He faces one count of sexual assault by way of communications, a Class 1D Felony; one count of possessing child pornography, a Class 2A Felony; and one count of tampering with a witness or informant.

A judge set bond for Higgs at $50,000 on Thursday afternoon.

According to Douglas County Court documents, Higgs’ arrest stems from an initial report taken at 11 a.m. on February 17, from a parent that their 16-year-old was missing and likely was with Higgs. A Douglas County Sheriff’s deputy said DCSO was able to reach the teen on their phone, who verified they were with Higgs, the documents state. During that call, Higgs was heard telling the teen not to give the deputies any information about him or his vehicle. The youth said the call had made Higgs uncomfortable and that he asked the teen to get out of his vehicle.

The teen began walking home before getting picked up by their father. Upon returning home, the teen shared more details with deputies about the interactions with Higgs, saying he had been texting them since Feb. 15 or 16 to arrange a meeting. During the text exchanges, Higgs made “sexual jokes” directed toward the teen, acknowledging the teen was a minor and saying it “was not a problem.” He suggested the youth lie to their parents, then delete all the messages “so he would not get into trouble,” the documents state. The victim also said they had sent Higgs two photos of the teen wearing only underwear.

Evidence obtained from the teen’s phone included Snapchat and Facebook communications, court documents state. In those communications, Higgs indicated he had been watching her at school, asked her what she was wearing, and discussed various sexual acts and positions, including group acts. He also said he had bought her an appliance to use as a vibrator.

When the minor victim told deputies that when they talked to Higgs about their thoughts of suicide, he asked the teen what their last words to him would be, and then proceeded to make sexually explicit comments.

Read the letter sent to staff & parents

Dear Northwest High Staff and Families:

We are writing to share that law enforcement recently arrested a former contracted security officer for inappropriate contact with a minor. The contracted security officer was in our school for a short time several months ago. We have and will continue to fully cooperate with the law enforcement investigation.

Safety is always our top priority and we take this most seriously. If you ever have a concern regarding inappropriate behavior, please call Child Protective Services at 1-800-652-1999.

Though this letter shares what I am able to on this matter, if you have any questions or concerns, please contact our school at (531) 299-2740.

Dr. Kimberly Jackson, Principal, Northwest High

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