LAFAYETTE — A Texas man who tried to get a Youngsville girl to text sexually explicit photos of herself has been sentenced to almost 16 years in federal prison.
Emery Weyland Graham, 43, of Longview, Texas, pleaded guilty Feb. 19 and was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Elizabeth Foote on Wednesday to 188 months behind bars.
Foote also sentenced Graham to 10 years of supervised release and ordered him to register as a sex offender.
In the September sentencing hearing, evidence showed that the Youngsville Police Department got a call on Sept. 13, 2011, from the mother of a 13-year-old girl, U.S. Attorney Stephanie Finley said.
The woman told officers that a 41-year-old man sent her daughter a sexually explicit message on a cellphone.
An undercover officer posing as the girl started a dialogue with Graham through cellphone texts, with Graham continuing to transmit messages, including asking for sexually explicit photos of the girl.
“He instructed the minor on how to take the pictures and provided details of the images he wanted,” Finley said.
Graham was arrested Oct. 5, 2011, less than a month after police were alerted.
The Department of Homeland Security, Youngsville police, Louisiana State Police, and the Texas Rangers participated in the investigation that was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Namie Myers.
The case against Graham was part of the Department of Justice’s Project Safe Childhood. More about the program can be found at http://www.projectsafechildhood.gov
Reports of child sex abuse and child pornography can be made to local law enforcement, via an FBI website at tips.fbi.gov or to other federal agents at http://www.ice.gov/exec/forms/hsi-tips/tips.asp
The FBI in Acadiana can be reached at (337) 233-2164.