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Murray man charged with sexual abuse of a minor

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MURRAY, KY. -- A man from Murray, Ky. is behind bars after allegations of sexually assaulting a minor.

Kentucky State Police arrested Joseph A. Lawrence, 55, on Peach Orchard Rd. on Saturday evening around 8:30 p.m.

Police conducted a five hour standoff with Lawrence before taking him into custody.

They say he committed acts of a sexually explicit nature with a child under the age of 12 between 2014 and 2016.

Lawrence is charged with 20 counts of First Degree Sexual Abuse and one count of First Degree Sodomy.

He was taken to Calloway County Jail.

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