McCracken student arraigned on sexual misconduct charges

DAVE THOMPSON | The Sun

Princekumar Joshi sits in McCracken District Court before his arraignment Tuesday morning. Joshi faces two counts of prohibited use of an electronic communication system to procure a minor regarding sex offenses.

A McCracken County High School student accused of coercing a minor student into sex acts was arraigned Tuesday morning in McCracken District Court.

Princekumar Joshi, 18, faces two counts of prohibited use of an electronic communications system to procure a minor regarding sex offenses.

Defense attorney Will Kautz entered a not guilty plea on Joshi's behalf at the hearing.

According to a criminal complaint, a female student accused Joshi of "blackmailing" her into performing oral sex and videotaping the act in early February.

Investigators claimed in the warrant that Josi admitted to filming the acts for his own use.

The allegations against Joshi also previously entangled two high school administrators. Both Principal Michael Ceglinski and Pupil Personnel Director Brian Bowland were initially charged with official misconduct due to undertaking an internal investigation into the claims in lieu of reporting them to law enforcement.

Those charges were dismissed last week, after County Attorney Sam Clymer determined the statute under which they were charged did not apply to those circumstances, as the alleged incident occurred off campus. Ceglinski still faces a charge of failure to report, regarding other allegations.

District Judge Chris Hollowell set a preliminary hearing for Joshi on March 19.

If he finds probable cause to believe the offenses occurred, Hollowell will then send the charges to a grand jury, which will decide whether to indict Joshi.

Joshi is the third high school-affiliated suspect to be charged with sex-related offenses in recent weeks.

Former volunteer fishing coach John Parks faces one count each of first-degree sexual abuse and prohibited use of an electronic communication system to procure a minor regarding sex offenses. After his preliminary hearing last week, Hollowell send Parks' charges to the grand jury.

Ceglinski's failure to report charge relates to the allegations against Parks made by a 16-year-old student.

Teacher and assistant baseball coach Daniel Edwards faces one count of harassing communications after a former student, who was of age at the time of the alleged offenses, claimed Edwards sent her an unsolicited text asking for nude photos.

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