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The Maryland Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (ICAC) has arrested 69 y.o. James Morris, Jr. on charges of sodomy, second and third degree sex offenses, child abuse, and perverted practice . Further charges are possible.
ICAC investigators received a tip that Morris was sexually abusing young teens. An investigation disclosed multiple victims over some 27 years. A search warrant at Morris’ home revealed computer and other electronic equipment believed related to the production of child pornography.
Terror and Seduction
Maryland Criminal Law, Section 3-306 prohibits sexual acts without the consent of another by force or threat of force; where the victim is mentally incapacitated or physically helpless; and where the victim is under 14 y.o. Criminal Law, Section 3-307 explains that threats may involve death, suffocation, strangulation, disfigurement, serious physical injury, and kidnapping.
These statutes give us some idea of the terror children who are sexually exploited can experience. Children can, also, be lured and seduced by a “friendly” predator.
Inadequate Community Response
This travesty was ongoing for decades. Some in the community, it seems, suspected. Until now, no one took it upon themselves to register a complaint.
Footprints in the Snow
Pedophiles do not send up smoke signals. They cannot be identified by the grimy raincoats they wear. Like footprints in the snow, however, the evidence of their passing is the imprint left on the lives of the children with whom such predators have come into contact. Continue reading