Melbourne man charged with 2 counts of sexual assault

Joseph Edward Brown (Source: Izard County Sheriff's Office)
Joseph Edward Brown (Source: Izard County Sheriff's Office)

MELBOURNE, AR (KAIT) - A Melbourne man is behind bars after police say he sexually assaulted an under aged girl.

20-year-old Joseph Edward Brown is accused of having sexual intercourse with a 13-year-old female on at least two occasions.

Initially, Brown told the Izard County Sheriff's Department and Arkansas State Police that the girl told him she was 17-years-old and that he believed it. However, Brown later changed his statement, telling Sheriff Tate Lawrence that he was aware that the female was only 13-years-old prior to engaging in sexual intercourse.

Brown is in the Izard County Sheriff's Department in lieu of $25,000 bond and a department of correction bond.

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