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Independence man charged with aggravated rape, molestation of 4-year-old

Joseph Underwood (61) of Independence, LA Joseph Underwood (61) of Independence, LA
INDEPENDENCE, LA (WVUE) -

An Independence man is charged with the aggravated rape and molestation of a 4-year-old juvenile. The suspect allegedly told deputies that he was sexually aroused when around the child, officers say.

Joseph Underwood, 61, was arrested by the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office on Thursday.

Following allegations of abuse, deputies opened an investigation. Officers say that during a post-polygraph interview, Underwood admitted to being sexually aroused when around the juvenile.

He was taken into custody and subsequently charged with aggravated rape and molestation of a juvenile.

Deputies say Underwood was an acquaintance of the victim's family.

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