Panama City Beach Firefighter behind bars for molestation

DOTHAN, Al. (WTVY) - A Panama City Beach firefighter is behind bars after police say he inappropriately touched a child.

Joseph Burtis Middlebrooks is facing charges of lewd and lascivious molestation on a child under the age of twelve.

He turned himself in Saturday afternoon. According to police, the victim told officials it happened multiple times over the year.

Police say the victim told them that he told her not to tell anyone because it would ruin his life.

Middlebrooks also has helped coach girls' volleyball in Panama City Beach for several years.

He is being held at the jail without bond.