Ala man gets 10 years for texting nude photo


DOTHAN, Ala. (AP) — A judge sentenced a Dothan man to 10 years in prison for sending a nude photograph of himself to a teenage girl.

The Dothan Eagle ( ) reports that 49-year-old Franklin Whaples also was accused of having photos of the girl on his phone.

Houston County prosecutor Kristen Shields says Whaples pleaded guilty to a single felony count of transmitting obscene material to a minor and three felony counts of possessing child pornography.

Sheriff's investigators arrested the man in November.

Defense lawyer Terry Bullard says Whaples is a "very nice guy" who made a mistake.

Whaples is asking for probation despite the prison sentence, and Bullard says the man is a good candidate to avoid jail time.

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