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Alleged area molester arrested

Thursday, May 15, 2008

The Brazil City Police Department confirmed Thursday that a Clay County man was arrested late Wednesday for alleged involvement in the molestation of a child.

Although details are limited due to the ongoing investigation, Det. Clint McQueen told The Brazil Times that Joseph A. Short, 32, was initially booked into the Clay County Justice Center on a preliminary class C felony charge of child molestation on a juvenile under the age of 14.

But, upon review of the probable cause statement filed by McQueen Thursday, Clay County Prosecutor Lee Reberger said Judge Joseph Trout added an additional count of battery, which occurred with the same individual but happened during a separate incident.

Short is being held in jail on a cash bond of $25,000 with no 10 percent allowed.

Further details are being withheld due to the ongoing investigation, but Reberger said Short should be formally charged early Monday morning.

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Way to go Brazil Police Department Detective McQueen.... Keep up the great work!

-- Posted by BrazilScholarly on Fri, May 16, 2008, at 12:49 AM

what in the world is happening to this town and the people of it? This is unreal.....and very scary....

-- Posted by jjen1212 on Sat, May 17, 2008, at 1:19 AM

i am writing on the behalf of this family involved you dont know the facts how can you convict him before he even goes to court joe would never hurt a child this was a misunderstanding i know the facts from the child and from him this is being blown way out of perposion joe is a good man even though people convict before the case is over unless you know both sides i dont think you should comment on this this has changed alot of lives and we are all hurt by this but no matter what joe is not a child molester it being published in the paper has made it hard on 4 children they dont want to even go back to school because they have newspapers in the class rooms in midle school this is not fair to them facts need to be straight before they are put in the paper and it ruins lives

-- Posted by bnnsho on Sun, May 18, 2008, at 8:19 PM

and there was no second time as far as the battery charge is concerned

-- Posted by bnnsho on Sun, May 18, 2008, at 8:21 PM

i'm glad they caught him before it happened again. there should be no tolerance for child molestation. hopefully he gets the maximum sentence. i know if it was one of my children i would want him to be put away forever. hopefully people remember this and never let their children around this person ever again

-- Posted by s.o.s. on Tue, May 20, 2008, at 8:36 AM

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