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Weirton Man Sentenced to at Least 25 Years in Prison for Sexual Assault of Two-Year-Old

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Tyler Graham, the Weirton man who was convicted of sexually assaulting a 2-year-old child and giving that child a sexually transmitted disease, will serve at least 25 years in prison.

Graham was sentenced on Tuesday to serve not less than 25 years and no more than 100 years on charges of sexual assault. Graham will be sent to the Anthony Correctional Center, located in Neola, West Virginia, which is a correction facility for young adults between 18 and 25 years old. If Graham does not abide by a rehabilitation program at the facility, he will serve the remainder of his sentence at a federal penitentiary.

On a charge of sexual assault by a custodian, Graham was ordered to serve not less than 10 years and no more than 20 years in prison. On a final charge of child abuse resulting in injuries, Graham will serve not less than 2 years and no more than 10 years in prison. All prison terms will be served concurrently.

Outside the hearing, at the Hancock County Courthouse, supporters of Graham stood outside with signs proclaiming his innocence.

A public outcry was heard in the case when Graham was granted bail when the case first broke in February of 2013. A rally was held by the group Anonymous in Hancock County in support of the victim in the case, who was referred to as "Baby Jane."

At the rally money was collected to donate to the Comfort House in Weirton, which is part of the Hancock and Brooke Counties Child Advocacy Center.

In March, Graham was taken into custody after it was revealed he violated his bond by being in the vicinity of the victim's house. According to the victim's mother and grandfather, they saw Graham's car pull up next to their house. The next day, the victim's mother filed for a protective order.