A Canton man jailed in Cherokee County this week is accused of molesting a 10-year-old Moultrie girl in a pattern of abuse that police believe occurred over an extended period.

Joshua Daniels, 29, was booked into Colquitt County Jail on Thursday afternoon.

He was arrested after the girl told a neighbor that she had been assaultted, said Cpl. Dave Underwood, a Moultrie Police Department investigator. Daniels was a friend of the girl’s mother and frequently traveled to Moultrie.

The girl was interviewed by the Department of Family and Childrens Services, and based on that and other evidence there was sufficient reason to charge Daniels in the case, Underwood said.

“The child’s disclosure was credible,” he said. “He (Daniels) comes down here off and on weekends. It was pretty disturbing, and it had been going on for a while. There have been multiple incidents over a period of time.”

The Georgia Department of Corrections had no record of Daniels serving time in prison, and he was not listed on the state’s sexual offender list.

He was charged Monday with child molestation, aggravated child molestation, rape and aggravated assault.

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