FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ) – A 39-year-old South Carolina man with a prior record of sex-related offenses is arrested for trying to entice a 13-year-old Kentucky girl for sexual purposes.
Nathan Branham, of Cheraw, S.C., was arrested as part of a multi-state investigation that began in early May when the girl realized the man was an adult and told her mother. The mother contacted investigators, Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron said.
Branham is charged with charged with online enticement of a minor and transferring obscene material to a minor.
According to Cameron, Branham used the screenname Mystic to communicate with the young girl on UpLive, an online livestreaming platform. During the course of the conversation, Mystic convinced her that he was a 16-year-old boy and asked that she contact him via video call using Google Duo.
Once the two were connected using the video call app, the 13-year-old immediately realized that Mystic was an adult male and ended the call.
Branham continued to contact her and threatened to use her phone number to find her location if she did not contact him again. When she complied, he told her to expose herself, and he exposed himself.
The 13-year-old immediately reported the incident to her mother, who contacted the Attorney Generals Department of Criminal Investigations and spoke with investigator Heather DHondt.
Attorney General Daniel Cameron today announced that an investigation by the Department of Criminal Investigations Cyber Crimes Unit in partnership with the United States Secret Service, South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilsons Office, and United States Attorney Peter McCoy, Jr., has led to the arrest of a South Carolina man. Nathan Branham, 39, of Cheraw, South Carolina, is charged with online enticement of a minor and transferring obscene material to a minor.
State investigators worked the United States Secret Service to investigate the case with the support of the South Carolina Attorney Generals Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force. The case is being prosecuted by Derek A. Shoemake, Assistant United States Attorney.
Branham had a detention hearing Tuesday in United States District Court. Testimony revealed Branham engaged in similar interactions with minors on more than 30 occasions. He also has previous convictions for indecent exposure, assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature, and being a felon in possession of a firearm, Cameron said.