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Magoffin man charged with unlawful transaction with minor


FALCON – A Magoffin County man was arrested last Thursday after allegedly picking up a 16-year-old at a local school and taking her to his home.

On March 22, the Magoffin County Sheriff Department received a call from the parent of the student, stating that she had sent her child to school and had been alerted that she was absent from the Magoffin County High School. The mother thought it was a mistake when she received the One-Call from the school, but she told police that she then found out from a witness that her daughter had left the grade school with a Josh Risner.

According to the police report by Magoffin County Sheriff Department Deputy Jonathan Holbrook, the 16-year-old high school student was supposed to ride the bus to Salyersville Grade School, then get on the bus that goes to the high school. 

Risner allegedly dropped off two children at the grade school, picked up the high school student and took her to his home. 

Holbrook located the juvenile and Joshua James Risner, 28, of Falcon Road, Salyersville, at his residence on Route 40. Risner was taken into custody and transported to the sheriff’s office, where he was read the Miranda warning.

Risner reported told police he had picked up the girl at the grade school around 7:30 that morning and that they went to his house to “hang out.” He was then transported to the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center, where he has since been released, pending future court dates.

Risner is currently charged with custodial interference (felony), and third-degree unlawful transaction with a minor. 

Editor's Note: The indictment or charge of a person by a grand jury or otherwise is an accusation only and that person is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.




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