Police: Maryville man, 39, traveled to Kentucky to have sex with teen

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COLUMBIA, Ky. (AP) – A Tennessee man is accused of traveling to Kentucky to have sex with a 14-year-old girl he communicated with using Snapchat.

Citing a Kentucky State Police release, news outlets report 39-year-old Samuel Hicks was arrested Dec. 8 when he returned to meet the girl.

Police say they had received a complaint Dec. 1, and the girl told officers she had been communicating with him on Snapchat. The release says Hicks came to the girl’s house in Columbia and had sex with her after she met him outside. Police say Snapchat messages confirmed he knew she was underage.

Hicks is from Maryville, Tennessee, more than 160 miles (260 kilometers) from Columbia, Kentucky.

The girl notified police of his return date, leading to his arrest. It’s unclear whether he has a lawyer.

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