(7-23-22) Former Portland police officer, Joshua David Clark (37) faces up to 12 years in prison after being found guilty of trying to arrange a sexual encounter with a 14-year-old girl.

A Hendricks Superior Court jury on Thursday found Clark guilty of child solicitation, a Level 4 felony. Judge Rhett Stuard ordered Clark held in the Hendricks County jail, in Danville. He will return to court on September 13th for a sentencing hearing.

Clark was a member of the Portland Police Department in May 2021 when he traveled to a Hendricks County restaurant, planning to meet with a juvenile he believed he had been communicating with online. He resigned soon after the arrest from the Portland Police Department.

Thanks to a group named Predator Catchers who posted a video on their Facebook page it showed he had “attempted to meet up with an underage child to potentially engage in sexual conduct”. The video led to police involvement and the arrest of Clark.