Advertisement

You will be redirected to the page you want to view in  seconds.

JBLM soldier charged with child sex abuse

Feb. 16, 2014 - 09:30AM   |  
  • Filed Under

TACOMA, WASH. — A Washington state-based soldier accused of repeatedly raping a 10-year-old girl and posting sexual photos of the child online has been charged with aggravated sexual abuse of a child.

The News Tribune reports that 27-year-old Sgt. Joseph French of Chipley, Fla., was charged Friday in federal court. In a court appearance, he agreed to detention until his next hearing, set for Feb. 28.

The Joint Base Lewis-McChord soldier was arrested Tuesday after the girl's mother reported the alleged abuse to authorities in Florida.

Florida law enforcement authorities called the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Division, which launched an investigation with the Washington State Patrol's Missing and Exploited Children Task Force and arrested French.

Court papers say French is accused of abusing the girl for three years.

He is being held on suicide watch at the Pierce County Jail.

More In News

Start your day with a roundup of top defense news.

VA Home Loan
Rates

Search By:

Product Options:
Zip Code:

News for your in-box

Sign up now for free Military Times E-Reports. Choose from Money and Education. Subscribers: log in for premium e-newsletters.

This Week's Army Times

This Week's Army Times

More force-outs
Army expands involuntary separations of problem NCOs

Subscribe for Print or Digital delivery today!

Classifieds
MilitaryTimes Green Trusted Classifieds Looking to buy, sell and connect on Military Times?
Browse expanded listings across hundreds of military installations.
Faces of valorHonoring those who fought and died in Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom.
hall of valorThe Hall of Valor is a searchable database of valor award citations collected by Doug Sterner, a Vietnam veteran and Military Times contributing editor, and by Military Times staff.
   Last Post: TJMAC77SP
        Apr 23, 2014 4:14 PM
   Last Post: Stalwart
        Apr 23, 2014 12:27 PM
San Antonio shooting
(10 replies)
   Last Post: Measure Man
        Apr 22, 2014 3:34 PM
Handbooks

All you need to know about your military benefits.

Benefits handbook

Guard & Reserve All you need to know about the Guard & Reserve.

guard and reserve handbook