A Harlan man is facing multiple charges including unlawful transaction with a minor after allegedly offering a juvenile illegal substances in exchange for sex.
Michael Howard, 24, was arrested on Thursday by Harlan County Sheriff’s Sgt. Winston Yeary.
According to a press release, The Harlan County Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant at a residence in the Eastbrook community. The search warrant was a result a lengthy investigation conducted by Yeary. Through the investigation, evidence was obtained that Howard attempted to induce a juvenile to engage in illegal sexual activity and offered the male juvenile illegal substances in exchange for sexual activity. Howard also attempted to sell controlled substances to a minor on two different dates. Several items were seized and taken into evidence by the Sheriff’s Office. The items have been forwarded to the Electronic Crime Lab to be analyzed.
The investigation is continuing by Yeary. He was assisted in the execution of the search warrant by Harlan County Sheriff Leslie “Smitty” Smith and Deputy Danny Lewis.
Howard was charged with first-degree unlawful transaction with a minor under 16 and first-degree unlawful transaction with a minor under 18. He was lodged in the Harlan County Detention Center.
In other police activity:
• Joshua Reynolds, 27, of Coldiron, was served an arrest warrant by Harlan County Detention Center Officer Ronnie Bennett. According to the warrant, Reynolds sold multiple pills to a cooperating witness on April 10, 2015. He was charged with first-degree trafficking a controlled substance. He was lodged in the Harlan County Detention Center on a $10,000 full cash bond;
• Brandon Saylor, 30, of Cumberland, was arrested on an indictment warrant on Thursday by Cumberland City Police Officer Cody Bargo. He was indicted for second-degree robbery and lodged in the Harlan County Detention Center on a $10,000 full cash bond;
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