Drug and Sex Abuse Case Proceeds against Paducah Man

A Paducah man facing numerous sex and drug-related charges appeared in court on Wednesday. Officials say 19-year-old Joseph Newcomb appeared for a hearing. A suppression motion was scheduled for January 22 and a pre-trial conference was set for March 10. At that time, a trial date should be set. Newcomb was arrested on September 30 after someone reported seeing two people in a vehicle smoking marijuana. He reportedly told police the girl with him was his 14-year-old cousin, but later admitted they were not related. The girl told police she was 12 years old. Officers said Newcomb exchanged marijuana for sexual contact with the girl. They also searched the vehicle and both people’s cell phones. Newcomb was charged with 2nd degree sexual abuse, promoting a minor in a sexual performance, use of electronics to procure a minor for sex, 2nd degree sodomy, unlawful transaction with a minor, tampering with evidence, possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia, and failure to use a turn signal.

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