Independence man accused of raping four-year-old child _lowres

Joseph Underwood

Tangipahoa deputies have arrested an Independence man accused of raping and molesting a 4-year-old.

Joseph Underwood, 61, was taken into custody Wednesday after a parent of the victim contacted authorities, said Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Dawn Panepinto.

Underwood, an acquaintance of the child’s family, admitted in a polygraph interview to being sexually aroused by the child, according to a news release.

Panepinto declined to provide more information on the case, saying she wanted to protect the victim’s identity.

Underwood faces one count each of aggravated rape and molestation.