graham sentencing finalMUHLENBERG COUNTY, Ky. (1/8/18) — Circuit Court Judge Brian Wiggins went along with the maximum sentence recommended by a Grand Jury in November for convicted child molester Jesse Leroy Graham today in Muhlenberg County.

Jurors found Graham, 50 of Graham guilty of sodomy and sexual abuse/victims under age 12 in a trial that lasted three days. After the guilty verdict was read, jurors deliberated on their recommended sentence for the crimes. They then recommended Graham receive maximum sentences of 30 years on each of the four counts of first-degree sodomy and 10 years each on two counts of first-degree sexual abuse to run concurrently.

Graham was officially sentenced with serving 30 years in a penitentiary and will not be eligible for parole for 20 years. He will be required to register as a sex offender upon release from prison.

Wiggins said Graham retained the right to appeal.

Rita Dukes Smith
SurfKY News Director
Vice President Region 3

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GREENVILLE, Ky. (11/2/17) — It took jurors a little more than an hour and a half to reach verdicts in the child sex abuse/case of J. L. Graham today.

Graham faced six separate charges of sodomy and sexual abuse/victims under age 12 involving two victims.
The Muhlenberg Circuit Court jury found Graham guilty of four counts of first-degree sodomy and two counts of first-degree sex abuse.

Graham remained stoic during the verdict readings.
Commonweath’s Attorney Ralph Vick finished his final remarks in the trial in which Graham was accused of sex abuse and sodomy of two boys aged 8-9 at the time of his arrest in October 2016.

The jury left for its deliberation at 12:07 p.m. and returned at 2:15 p.m. with a finding of guilty on all counts.

Both boys and parents testified that Graham became trusted and loved by the victims and their families over a period of time. After the trust was gained, Graham used their trust and affection to get into intimate situations with the boys including overnight trips, Vick said in closing remarks.

Vick told jurors that Graham targeted the boys and used their love of video games to find ways to be in the boys’ bedrooms. He also said the two boys were in separate households and had separate families and that Graham was working to entrust both at about the same time.
One victim and parent testified that Graham gave the boy an expensive guitar and threatened to take it back if the boy told anyone about their activities.

Graham’s public defender James Chamberlain told jurors that both boys initially denied anything happened when asked if they had been touched inappropriately. He said the boys initially lied and had been coached in telling their stories.

Graham testified in his defense denying any wrongdoing regarding the youths. He maintained his innocence throughout the process from being charged and throughout his testimony in court today, said Chamberlain in closing remarks.

Circuit Judge Brian Wiggins presided over the trial held at the Muhlenberg Judicial Center in Greenville.
To read previous stories about Graham's arrest, click HERE.

Rita Dukes Smith
SurfKY News Director
Region 3 Vice President

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