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SKIPPERVILLE, Ala. – An Alabama man is behind bars after investigators said he raped and sexually abused a child younger than 12 years old.

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According to the AL.com and WTVY, the Dale County Sheriff’s Office arrested Joseph Edward Cross, 32, of Skipperville, on two counts each of first-degree rape and child sex abuse. Authorities said the crimes occurred “over several years,” WTVY reported.

The Sheriff’s Office said Cross likely will face more charges, according to the news outlets. Cross’ current charges cover crimes against one victim, AL.com reported.

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