Man found guilty of sexual misconduct with a minor facing 30 years


A Norman man convicted of three counts of sexual misconduct with a minor by a Jackson Circuit Court jury this past week faces a prison term of eight to 30 years.

Tommy Joe Graham Jr. will be sentenced at 3:30 p.m. Aug. 9 by Jackson Circuit Court Judge Richard W. Poynter.

The 36-year-old was found guilty of two Level 4 felony counts of sexual misconduct with a minor and one Level 5 felony count of sexual misconduct with a minor on Thursday. The sentence could include an habitual offender enhancement.

The investigation that led to Graham’s arrest started in June 2016 when the victim’s parents contacted the sheriff’s department and talked to Officer Rick Meyer. They reported Graham had sexually molested their 14-year-old daughter at a home in the western part of the county, according to the probable cause affidavit.

On June 7, 2016, the girl and her parents were interviewed by officials with the Children’s Advocacy Center of Southeastern Indiana in Dillsboro. During the interview, the girl said her mother allowed her to stay at Graham’s home in Norman for a few days in December 2015 “to get away” after her boyfriend had killed himself, according to court documents. The girl’s mother is a friend of Graham’s wife.

On one of those nights, the girl said Graham entered a room in which she was sleeping, put his hands on her back, rolled her over, pulled her pants and underwear down to her ankles and touched her private area, according to the probable cause.

The girl also said when Graham flipped her over, he made her hand touch his penis. While Graham sat on the bed, the girl said he placed his hands, fingers and mouth on her, but no intercourse occurred, according to court documents.

A few days later, the girl said she received a message from Graham through his wife’s Facebook page saying he was sorry.

The girl turned the cellphone she used to access Facebook over to the sheriff’s department for a detective to examine.

In August 2016, police were able to match the girl’s statement of accounts to what was found on the Facebook accounts, according to court documents.

A Level 4 felony carries a sentence of two to 12 years in prison, while a Level 5 felony carries a possible one to six years in prison.

Graham was represented by Jackson County Public Defender Jeremy Braunstein. Dan Carnes prosecuted the case for the state.

Detective Bob Lucas was the investigating officer, and he was assisted by officers Ben Rudolph, Dustin Steward and Adam Nicholson.

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