JOINT BASE LOUIS McCHORD, Wash. A U-S Army soldier originally from Chipley is under arrest in Washington State following multiple allegations of child rape. The Washington State Patrol arrested Joseph French on a number of charges.
Joseph T. French was arrested at Joint Base Lewis McChord in Washington State last week after a tip from Florida caused Washington authorities to look deeper in the case.
French is accused of raping a ten-year-old girl no less than 15 times over a period of 3 years. In fact, court documents say he admitted to these crimes himself. Then he asked another sergeant and another woman to watch a Skype video he made of his attack.
Investigators from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, U-S Army Criminal Investigation Division and Washington State Patrol are working on the case.
Last Friday, the case was handed over to federal authorities, but it is still a joint investigation between the State of Washington and the F-B-I. The case involves so many agencies because of its widespread impact.
If you know anyone who's had contact with French, investigators are asking you to call 360-704-2410.
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