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Man arrested on sexual assault, firearms charges


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Police arrested a Roswell man Saturday for allegedly sexually assaulting a child who was spending the night at his home.

Michael William Joseph, 34, was arrested at his 1000 block of South Plains Park Drive residence where the alleged incident is reported to have taken place.

Joseph is charged with one count of criminal sexual penetration in the first degree, child under 13, and one count of firearms destructive devices; recipient, transportation or possession by a felon, according to documents filed in Chaves County Magistrate Court.

Judge E.J. Fouratt released Joseph on his own recognizance Monday following a first appearance in Magistrate Court. Joseph is ordered to have no contact with the alleged victim or anyone who might testify in the trial as a condition of his release.

According to electronic court records, a preliminary examination has not yet been scheduled.

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Roswell police, documents state, arrested Joseph after having created a perimeter around his house.

Police, using a public announcement system, ordered Joseph to exit the residence. When he did not respond, police then called Joseph’s phone, which he answered.

Joseph then emerged from the house and was taken into police custody without incident. The home was then secured and a search warrant executed on the premises.

The alleged victim, an 8-year-old female, later told investigators she and Joseph were in his bed after falling asleep when he pulled her closer to him and began sexually assaulting her, according to court documents.

She also informed police Joseph, a convicted felon, kept a handgun in a safe in his house and an AK-47 on the top shelf of a closet.

When questioned by police, Joseph denied sexually assaulting the girl or that he had touched her inappropriately.

He told police the girl and another child staying at the residence were asleep before he himself fell asleep drunk on the bed.

Joseph, according to documents, also allegedly admitted to having a 9mm handgun in his house with ammunition, but said the AK-47 was kept at his mother’s house.

A 9mm Ruger handgun along with 20 boxes of ammunition, a gray blanket believed to belong to Joseph and two glass smoking devices emitting the smell of marijuana were later seized from Joseph’s residence.

According to documents, the girl was in the custody of one of her mother’s friends, who had allowed the children to spend the night at Joseph’s house.

The alleged victim later that night contacted her mother’s friend crying and saying she wanted to be picked up from Joseph’s house.

When the woman arrived at the house, documents state, the girl opened the door. The woman later told police she believed Joseph was asleep and intoxicated when she left the house with the two children.

According to documents, the woman then brought the victim to the hospital to be examined. Hospital staff then contacted law enforcement.

Breaking news reporter Alex Ross can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext, 301, or breakingnews@rdrnews.com.


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