Silva will serve a minimum of 10 and a maximum of 17 years in prison. When he is released from prison he will be under an additional suspended sentence of 10 — 17 years with supervised probation for a period of 60 months in the sex offender control program.
Silva will have to surrender his law enforcement certification. A permanent no-contact order will be in place for all of the victims.
On January 7, , Silva contacted a year-old escort through BackPage. When the female met the defendant, he claimed that he was a police officer. Silva showed her his former police identification card but covering his name, and he showed her a picture of himself in uniform on his iPhone. Silva claimed that he was working a prostitution operation and forcibly raped her in his truck.
Once located by Det. Williams, the woman reported a sexual assault at the hands of a man who claimed to be a police officer. The man had contacted her as an escort through BackPage.
When the female met him, Silva showed her his former police badge and a picture of himself in police uniform on his iPhone. The offender claimed that he was working a prostitution operation and forced the victim to perform oral sex on him. This investigation was kept discreet as detectives were unsure if the offender was in fact an officer of the law. On March 15, , a year-old female who had advertised as an escort on BackPage. Once the female arrived, the offender claimed that he was a police officer.
He showed her his former police identification card but covering his name, he showed her a picture of himself in police uniform on his iPhone and he showed her a handgun in a holster.
The attacker claimed that he was working a prostitution operation and forced the victim to perform oral sex on him. She reported the sexual assault to him the next day. She cooperated in arranging to meet the offender again so that his identity could be discovered and charges could be filed. Silva had left his three-year-old and seven-year-old children in his home asleep after leaving to meet the female next door.
Officers ensured the children were safe and contacted the Department of Social Services. He had contacted her through an advertisement as an escort on Craigslist. He claimed he was a police officer and that he was working a prostitution operation. He showed her a picture of himself in police uniform on his iPhone. He forced the victim to perform oral sex on him and forcibly raped her. Detectives found that the telephone number the defendant used to contact this victim was the same number used to contact the year-old victim in early January, linking him to that crime.
Detectives attempted to contact all of the women in the telephone; one of them reported a sexual assault that had occurred in the early morning hours of March 9, , at the same residence in Carolina Beach where the March 15th assault had occurred. The defendant had also contacted her through an advertisement on BackPage. All five women gave detailed descriptions of their attacker matching the defendant. By holding himself out as a law enforcement, Joseph Silva placed these women in fear for their lives and also made them feel they would not be safe if they reported his crimes against them.
Last modified onMonday, 28 August