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Phil Campbell man arrested for rape

By Staff
Melissa Cason
Franklin County Times
A Phil Campbell man was arrested and charged with raping a young girl over a period of three years.
Franklin County Sheriff Larry Plott said that Frank Joseph Medina, 52, of 1106 Rail Splitter Road in Phil Campbell, was taken into custody Thursday evening and charged with first-degree rape and first-degree sexual assault.
Plott said that Medina is accused of forcing a child under the age of 16 to have sex with him and fondling her. The sexual acts allegedly occurred over a period of three years with the last act being recently.
According to the Alabama Criminal Code, first-degree rape is a Class A felony, which is punishable by 10 years to life in prison upon conviction.
Medina was released from the Franklin County Jail Friday on a property bond.