The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

Crime & Courts

January 24, 2013

Sex offender pleads guilty in child-porn case

 

A Joplin man pleaded guilty Thursday in federal court in Springfield to possessing child pornography.

David Wayne Morgan, 56, entered his plea before U.S. Magistrate Judge David P. Rush. Morgan, a registered sex offender, was convicted of statutory sodomy with a 4-year-old victim in 1997.

Under the terms of Thursday’s plea agreement, Morgan will be sentenced to 10 years in federal prison without parole.

On May 1, 2012, members of the Southwest Missouri Cybercrimes Task Force, in conjunction with other state and federal law enforcement agencies, conducted a sexual offender registration compliance check. Officers contacted Morgan at his residence.

Morgan led the investigators into his home and immediately began disconnecting various devices from his computer system. Investigators found multiple images of child pornography on the computer.

A sentencing hearing will be scheduled after the completion of a pre-sentence investigation by the U.S. Probation Office.

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