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Date: 03-01-2022

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United States of America v. Joseph M. Graham

Case Number: 1:20-cr-10003-JES-JEH

Judge: James E. Shadid

Court: United States District Court for the Central District of Illinois (Peoria County)

Plaintiff's Attorney: United States Attorney’s Office

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Description: Peoria, Illinois criminal defense lawyer represented Defendant charged with for soliciting an obscene visual depiction of a minor.

The government presented evidence that Joseph M. Graham, age 27 used an online application to request sexually explicit images of an individual whom he believed to be eight years old. In December 2019, Graham initiated messages with an individual on a mobile application. During messaging conversations that took place over several weeks, Graham believed that he was communicating with the father of an eight-year-old boy. Graham expressed interest in engaging in sex acts with the child and indicated that he wanted to be the child’s boyfriend. Graham requested sexually explicit images in December 2020. Graham also arranged to meet with the child and his father and, in January 2020, traveled to a coffee shop on N. Prospect Road, in Peoria, Illinois, where he was taken into custody by federal agents. Graham agreed to speak with agents and admitted that he was the person conversing with the individual he believed to be the father of an eight-year-old boy.

“The Department of Justice is committed to the safety and well-being of children and will continue to aggressively identify, investigate, and prosecute online sexual predators,” said Assistant U.S. Attorney Ronald L. Hanna.

“The FBI is committed to investigating crimes against children with a sense of urgency to protect every child from the devastating and life-long impact of online victimization.” said FBI Special Agent in Charge David Nanz. “The FBI, in collaboration with our law enforcement partners, will continue to work with unwavering dedication to ensure that criminals like Graham are investigated and arrested.”

The statutory penalties for solicitation of an obscene visual depiction of a minor are five to 20 years imprisonment, a maximum life term of supervised release, and a maximum $250,000 fine.

The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation-Springfield Division with assistance from the Peoria Police Department and Illinois State Police. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Hanna and Paul B. Morris represented the government in the prosecution.

18:2252A.F: ACTIVITIES RE MATERIAL CONSTITUTING/CONTAINING CHILD PORNO - On or about December 20, 2019, in Peoria County, the Defendant knowingly solicited an obscene visual depiction of a minor in violation of 18:2252A(a)(3)(B) and (b)(1).

Outcome: IT IS ORDERED: Dft committed to the custody of the BOP for 60 months; Dft placed on Supervised Release for 10 years; No fine; Special Assessment of $100.00.

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