A Yuma tattoo artist who allegedly was found to be in possession of child pornography could be nearing a potential plea bargain.

Joseph K. Yeghoian appeared Thursday in Yuma County Superior Court, where his attorney, Theodore Abrams said he is still reviewing the evidence in the case.

Abrams, who is with the Yuma County Public Defenders Office, also informed the court that he is planning on meeting with the prosecution to discuss whether a plea agreement will be offered.

When asked about the status of any potential plea offer being made, a prosecutor, after checking the case file, said that a plea has been written, but it is only a draft, so it is not ready to be presented to the defense yet.

After hearing from both counsel, Superior Court Judge Roger Nelson, who is presiding over the case, scheduled Yeghoian’s next court date for 8:30 a.m. on March 12.

Yeghoian, who remains in custody at the Yuma County jail, has been charged with 10 counts of sexual exploitation of a minor.

According to Yuma police, the Department’s Child, Family and Sex Crimes Unit received a report from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children that an unknown person who lived within the city had online accounts that held images and videos of child sexual abuse material.

An investigation was begun and those online accounts were traced back, and resulted in Yeghoian allegedly being identified.

During the course of the investigation Yuma police also allegedly found secretly-recorded videos of women who were filmed inside his business of Hammerhead Tattoo, which is located at 2855 S. 4th Ave, Suite 123.

Yuma police are also requesting that anyone who got a tattoo from Hammerhead, and was undressed in any way to contact the department to speak with the detective assigned to the case.

James Gilbert can be reached at jgilbert@yumasun.com or 539-6854. Find him on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/YSJamesGilbert or on Twitter @YSJamesGilbert.

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