MURRAY -- A man who pleaded guilty to multiple sexual offenses involving minors must spend 25 years in prison, a judge ruled Thursday.

Joseph Costilow initially faced dozens of charges, but previously pleaded guilty to eight sex offenses, a drug offense and a theft-related offense.

Costilow was arrested in February after an underage female reported she had been sexually assaulted.

Murray police discovered evidence on social media that Costilow had more victims. Investigators said he used his alias, Joey Amacher, to contact the victims.

Costilow pleaded guilty to two counts of promoting a minor in a sexual performance, two counts of distribution of matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor, and four counts of possession of matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor.

Judge James Jameson sentenced Costilow to 10 years on each of the promoting a minor counts, consecutive to each other but running concurrently with a five-year sentence on the other sex-related charges.

He also sentenced Costilow to five years each on one count of trafficking in marijuana and one count of receiving a stolen firearm.

Those sentences run concurrently with each other, but consecutively to Costilow's other sentence.

Costilow is required to register as a sex offender.

Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney James Burkeen said he talked with "all the mothers" of the victims in the case, and they approved the sentences.

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