Man charged with sexual abuse of a minor

Juneau Police have charged 27-year-old Joseph Randy Dennis for first degree sexual abuse of a minor.

Dennis was arrested about 5:30 p.m. Tuesday for an incident reported on New Year’s Day. Police say they began investigating as soon as the call came in, which was a few hours after the crime was allegedly committed and immediately after an 8-year-old girl told her mother about it.

Dennis is being held at Lemon Creek Correctional Center without bail. Sexual abuse of a minor in the first degree is an unclassified felony punishable by up to 30 years in prison and a 500-thousand dollar fine.