Man sentenced to nine years on three sexual misconduct felonies


A Norman man could spend up to nine years in prison as the result of his sentencing hearing Thursday for a conviction on three counts of sexual misconduct.

A 12-member jury found 36-year-old Tommy Joe Graham Jr. guilty on those charges during a Jackson Circuit Court trial that ended July 12.

Two of the counts were Level 4 felonies, and Jackson Circuit Court Judge Richard W. Poynter ordered Graham to serve nine-year terms on each count. The third count was a Level 5 felony, and Poynter sentenced him to four years on that count.

The terms will be served concurrently.

Graham also will be required to register as a sex offender after he serves his sentence with the Indiana Department of Correction and was ordered to pay a $500 victim assistance fee and other court costs.

Graham received 1.33 days of credit for time already served.

Six victims read victim impact statements during the sentencing hearing.

The investigation that led to Graham’s arrest started in June 2016 when a 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.

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.

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 Detective Ben Rudolph and officers Dustin Steward and Adam Nicholson.

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