Dothan man charged after child sexually abused

Dothan man charged after child sexually abused
Joseph Earl Poke

DOTHAN, AL (WSFA) - A Dothan man is facing charges after police say a child was sexually abused.

According to the Dothan Police Department, Joseph Earl Poke, 53, is charged with one count of sexual abuse of a child less than 12.

The charges are related to an investigation that began on Wednesday. Officers were called to the 700 block of North Range Street on a report that a child had been sexually abused. At the scene, officers discovered the victim was an 8-year-old child.

According to officers, the victim had been subjected to sexual contact by Poke.

After being interviewed, Poke was taken into custody and transported to the Houston County jail under a $30,000 bond.

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