A 33-year-old Gadsden man is behind bars, accused of sexually abusing a young female family member over the past six years.
Carlos Valerio DeJesus is charged with first-degree rape, two counts of first-degree sodomy, sex abuse of a child under the age of 12 and incest, according to Etowah County court and jail records.
Few details have been released but DeJesus is accused of abusing the girl from January 2012 through Oct. 1, 2018. Court records say he engaged in sexual intercourse with the girl by forcible compulsion, and also engaged in deviate sexual intercourse.
All five of the charges against him are felonies.
DeJesus is being held in the Etowah County Jail on bonds totaling $300,000.