MURRAY — Murray police said Monday that they have charged a man with multiple counts of alleged sexual assault involving more than one juvenile female.
In a news release, Murray Police Department Public Information Officer Sgt. Brant Shutt said that a search warrant was executed Wednesday at a residence on Irvan Street in regards to an investigation that began from a complaint from a female juvenile who said she had been sexually assaulted. Shutt said that during a subsequent investigation, a search warrant was submitted through a social media site. It was while on that site that investigators learned that there was more than one alleged victim, police said.
MPD then placed the resident, identified as Joseph Costilow, 20, under arrest, while serving a warrant for four counts of distributing matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor, five counts of promoting a minor under 16 in a sexual performance and five counts of possession of matter portraying sexual performance by a minor. Those are all felony charges.
Shutt also said that during execution of the warrant, officers located marijuana, drug paraphernalia and a handgun that was later determined to have been stolen. This led officers to additionally charge Costilow, whom Shutt said goes by the alias Joey Amacher, with trafficking of marijuana, receiving stolen property (firearm) and possession of drug paraphernalia. At this point, Costilow was taken to the Calloway County Jail.
Then, on Sunday, Shutt said another warrant was obtained by MPD investigators and served. This warrant for another six counts of distributing matter portraying sexual performance by a minor, six counts of promoting a minor under 16 in a sexual performance and six counts of possession of matter portraying sexual performance by a minor.
In addition, Shutt said Costilow had used his alias in allegedly contacting the juvenile females.
Shutt said the investigation is still underway. He added that anyone with information regarding this case is asked to contact Detective Angel Clere at 270-753-1621.
Individuals facing charges are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.