Kennewick Police arrest man on suspicion of child rape and possession of child pornography

A 23-year-old Kennewick man is arrested for allegedly raping a 13-year-old girl and possessing child pornography.

Kennewick Police say Joshua Higgins met and communicated with the teenage girl from Kennewick  through the Internet while he was living in New Jersey.  During their communications, the two exchanged sexually explicit images of each other.

Higgins moved to Kennewick and had contact with the victim on several occasions.  He was arrested and booked into the Benton County Jail yesterday for rape of a child third degree and possession of child pornography.

The case is currently under investigation.