Police: Norman resident touched 14-year-old, later apologized

A rural Norman man accused of three counts of sexual misconduct with a minor has been arrested.

Tommy Joe Graham Jr., 34, faces two counts of sexual misconduct with a minor, a Level 4 felony, and one count of sexual misconduct with a minor committed by a person at least 21 years old, a Level 5 felony.

A Jackson Circuit Court warrant for Graham’s arrest was served Thursday night by the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department.

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

Meyer learned Graham was not related to the girl.

On June 7, 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 the 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.

On one of those nights, the girl said Graham entered a room in which she was sleeping, put his hands on her back, rolled her over, pulled her pants and underwear down to her ankles and touched her private area, according to the probable cause.

The girl also said when Graham flipped her over, he made her hand touch his penis. While Graham sat on the bed, the girl said he placed his hands, fingers and mouth on her, but no intercourse occurred, according to court documents.

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, police were able to match the girl’s statement of accounts to what was found on the Facebook accounts, according to court documents.

Police said Graham and his wife refused to come to the sheriff’s department after repeated requests. The arrest warrant for Graham recently was requested.

Graham is being held in the Jackson County Jail in Brownstown on a 96-hour hold while waiting for his initial court hearing.

Upon conviction, a Level 4 felony could result in two to 12 years in prison, while a Level 5 felony carries a possible one to six years in prison.

Detective Bob Lucas was the investigating officer, and he was assisted by officers Dustin Steward and Adam Nicholson in serving the warrant.

Zach Spicer is a reporter for The (Seymour) Tribune. He can be reached at zspicer@tribtown.com or 812-523-7080.