Man enters guilty plea, awaits sentencing in child pornography case

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A Bullard man is currently being held in the Titus County Jail and could face up to 20 years in prison when sentenced on a federal charge of Possession and Transporting Child Pornography after pleading guilty in May.

According to Titus County Jail records, Nickalas Graham, 29, of Bullard, was arrested and booked into the jail by the United States Marshals Service on Friday, Jan. 20.

Graham was indicted by a U.S. Grand Jury on the charges on Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016, according to federal court records.

The indictment in the case reads that “between on or about August 17, 2015 and on or about August 30, 2015, in the Eastern District of Texas, Nickalas Graham, defendant, did knowingly transport any child pornography, as defined in Title 18, United States Code, Section 2256(8), using any means and facility of interstate and foreign commerce, and in or affecting interstate and foreign commerce by any means, including by computer.”

Also included in the indictment was that Graham used a file hosting service for Internet cloud storage and transported a total of three .mp4 video files depicting prepubescent children performing various sexual acts.

Court documents show Graham agreed he “possessed more than 600 videos and pictures… [depicting] children engaged in sexually explicit conduct and did constitute child pornography” on an Apple iPhone 6S cell phone that he owned. He also stored the content on an Internet-based storage site while at a residence near Tyler. The videos are said to include “files depicting prepubescent minors and sadistic and masochistic abuse,” according to the indictment.

On Tuesday, May 30, Graham entered a guilty plea to the charges against him before the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas – Tyler Division. After the guilty plea was entered before U.S. Magistrate K. Nicole Mitchell, the judge ordered Graham to remain in the custody of U.S. Marshals pending his sentencing.

According to Smith County judicial records dating back to 2005, Graham has a total of seven drug-related charges as well as an assault charge in Smith County.

If convicted of the latest charges, Graham could face between five and 20 years in prison, as well as a fine of up to $250,000 and a term of supervised release lasting five years to life.

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