Geneva, Ala. teen sentenced in nude photos case

DOTHAN, Ala. (AP) -- A Geneva teenager has been sentenced to prison for sending nude pictures of himself to a 12-year-old Ashford girl.
Houston County Circuit Court Judge Brad Mendheim gave 19-year-old Branden Utley a three-year prison term on Tuesday after hearing testimony and arguments from lawyers. Utley pleaded guilty earlier this year to three felony charges, including two counts of transmitting obscene material and enticing a child for immoral purposes.
Houston County Sheriff's deputies arrested Utley in October 2010. Court records indicate Utley pleaded guilty to using a computer to send at least two nude pictures of himself to the girl. Records also indicate he was charged with enticing the same girl for the purpose of sex.
Attorney T.J. Haywood, who represented Utley, asked the court for a minimum sentence, along with probation.


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