Charleroi man convicted of sexually assaulting girl

September 17, 2013
Paul Graham

It took a Washington County jury less than an hour to convict a Charleroi man on all charges after he was accused of sexually assaulting a young girl over a two-year period a decade ago.

Paul R. Graham Jr., 51, of 408 Oakland Ave., was convicted Tuesday afternoon of all 17 counts he faced, including felony charges of rape of a person less than 13 years old, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, aggravated indecent assault, statutory sexual assault and indecent assault.

Investigators said he sexually assaulted the young girl between February 2003 and June 2005 at homes in Dunlevy and Speers. He was arrested by Charleroi police in June 2012 after the girl, who is now an adult, came forward with the allegations.

She told investigators that Graham would often babysit her while her parents worked and that the assaults started when she was in second grade. She said he touched her inappropriately, would have her take off her clothes and tried to force her to engage in sex acts, although she resisted. He also showed her pornographic movies and gave her wine to drink.

Graham’s trial before Washington County Judge Katherine Emery began Monday morning. The jury of seven woman and five men returned their verdict after lunch Tuesday after deliberating for about 45 minutes.

The jury also convicted Graham of misdemeanor charges of furnishing alcohol to minors, child endangerment and corruption of minors.

Emery is scheduled to sentence Graham at 11 a.m. Dec. 16. He remains in Washington County jail on $250,000 bond.

Mike Jones has been a news reporter since 2005, covering crime, state and municipal government, education and energy. In addition to working at the Observer-Reporter, he also has spent time at the Charleston (W.Va.) Daily Mail and He holds a journalism degree from West Virginia University.

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