Cheraw Man, Nathan Branham Sentenced to Nearly Seven Years for Transferring Obscene Material to Minor After Multi-State Operation
Florence, S.C (STL.News) Acting United States Attorney M. Rhett DeHart announced today that Nathan Branham, 40, of Cheraw, was sentenced to nearly seven years in federal prison after pleading guilty to transferring obscene material to a minor and having his federal supervised release revoked.
Evidence presented to the Court showed that Branham, who was on supervised release for a previous federal conviction for being a felon in possession of a firearm, coerced a 13-year-old minor in Kentucky to speak with him via video chat and threatened to come to her home if she did not expose herself to him. After she complied, Branham exposed himself to the minor.
“This office will always protect children and will act swiftly to prosecute those who seek to do them harm,” said Acting U.S. Attorney DeHart. “I commend the excellent work by the Secret Service and our law enforcement partners in Kentucky and South Carolina. They moved quickly to identify and arrest a repeat offender who was operating across state lines. Our communities are safer because of their work.”
According to evidence presented to the Court, Branham contacted the minor through the online social media application Uplive, a live-streaming platform that allows viewers to broadcast and view real-time videos via their smartphones.