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Bond denied for suspect in molestation

Joseph Whaley

Joseph Whaley

KINGMAN - Mohave County Superior Court Judge Robert R. Moon denied bond for a Kingman man, Joseph Douglas Whaley, who is charged with kidnapping and engaging in sexual conduct with a 9-year-old girl.

Whaley, 27, was ordered to be held without bond on Thursday. He was being held on a $75,000 bond prior to the ruling.

Since Whaley is being held without bond, his case will see a speedier disposition, Moon said. Whaley's next hearing is set for 10 a.m. on Aug. 26.

Whaley is facing sexual conduct with a minor, kidnapping and kidnapping by domestic violence charges.

If considered a dangerous offense, the Class 2 felonies are punishable by a maximum of 21 years. If considered non-dangerous, the maximum sentence is 12 years and six months on each charge.

"We do believe that this defendant is someone the court needs to hold without bond," prosecutor Megan McCoy said.

The victim's mother and Mohave County Sheriff's Patrol Sgt. Michael Nyquist testified at the hearing. Nyquist responded to the initial call and interviewed the victim following the incident.

"I don't think I've ever seen a girl so traumatized," Nyquist said.

At approximately 4:23 a.m. on July 15, deputies responded to a 911 call in the 3100 block of Packard Ave. The victim's mother said Whaley had sexually assaulted her 9-year-old daughter and left on foot.

Around 6:25 a.m., Mohave County Sheriff's deputies arrested Whaley. He was located at a residence in the 3200 block of Cane.