Defendants in Court on Theft, Rape, Abuse Charges
By West Kentucky Star Staff
PADUCAH, KY - A man facing rape charges, a woman charged with criminal abuse, and a man charged with theft appeared in McCracken Circuit Court on Thursday.

According to the Circuit Court Clerk, Joshua S. Meyer, Jennifer Smith, and Danny Fugate had dates set for their pre-trial conferences. 

Meyer will have a pretrial conference on June 20 at 1 pm. He faces four counts of rape, two counts of sodomy, two counts of unlawful transaction with a minor and one count of possession of matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor. The charges stem from an April 7 investigation by Paducah Police into claims from two teenage girls from Tennessee that they were held against their will and sexually assaulted.

Smith's pretrial conference will also be on June 20 at 1 pm. She was charged in early April with criminal abuse 1st degree and assault after a 6-year-old child was hospitalized, and evidence indicated the child may have been abused multiple times. The department of Social Services removed the victim and a sibling from Smith's home. 

Fugate will have a pretrial conference on July 16 at 9 am. He is charged with two counts of theft by unlawful taking between $10,000 and $1 million. Fugate was arrested in January after board members of the McCracken County Community Career Endowment told police they suspected money had been taken from the fund, which provides scholarships for African-American students. Fugate was the organization's treasurer at the time.

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Published 01:57 PM, Thursday May. 17, 2018
Updated 10:36 PM, Friday May. 18, 2018

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