Chipley soldier charged with rape

Joseph French

Joseph French

Published: Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at 10:32 AM.

A Chipley man is being held without bond in Washington State’s Pierce County Jail this week after being charged with the alleged repeated rape of a ten-year old family member.

According to investigators, Army Sgt. Joseph French, 27, reportedly sexually abused the female victim over a period of three years, both at a private Washington residence and on the joint base, Lewis-McChord, where he was stationed.

French is accused of tying the victim’s wrists and feet to a swing during the attacks, which he reportedly broadcast to another military service member and a female viewer through Skype.

A hearing is set for Thursday, Feb. 28, in Washington.

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