The Laurel Police Department arrested a 26-year-old man after investigating him for repeated sexual abuse of a child.

On Friday, April 21, Joel Sanchez-Melendez, of Laurel was arrested and charged with five counts of first-degree rape, one count of continuous sexual abuse of a child and one count of endangering the welfare of a child.

Sanchez-Melendez was committed to the Sussex Correctional Institution in default of a $271,000 cash bond.