Talbot County Man Charged With Multiple Child Sex Offenses

November 30, 2017

MD State PD
November 30, 2017 – (Cordova, MD)

As a result of an Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force investigation, Maryland State Police criminal investigators today charged a Talbot County man with multiple sex offenses involving the abuse of a child that began 27 years ago and they are continuing the investigation after developing evidence indicating there may be other victims.

Police Photo: James Morris Jr, 69, of Cordova, Md.

James Morris Jr, 69, of Cordova, Md. – Police Photo

The suspect is identified as James Morris Jr, 69, of Cordova, Md. He is currently charged with sodomy, second degree sex offense, third degree sex offense, child abuse and perverted practice. These charges are related to the abuse of a child who was five to eight years old during 1990-1993 when the abuse is reported to have occurred. Following his arrest this morning, Morris was processed at the Easton Barrack. He is currently having his initial appearance before a court commissioner.

The investigation began in October 2017, when Maryland State Police Criminal Enforcement Division investigators assigned to the Maryland Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (ICAC) received a cybertip concerning an individual involved in the production of child pornography and the sexual abuse of multiple children. The investigation led to the identification of the suspect and his residence.

Early today, ICAC investigators from the Maryland State Police, Talbot County Sheriff’s Office and Homeland Security Investigations served a search warrant at the suspect’s residence. They recovered computers and related electronic equipment belonging to the suspect.

During the investigation, investigators learned of multiple victims who were sexually abused by Morris in the past and developed evidence indicating he may be currently abusing young teenagers. Based on this information and evidence, Morris was immediately arrested today on-scene.

The investigation is continuing and additional charges are possible. Investigators are asking any others who may have been assaulted by James Morris, or anyone with further information, to call Trooper First Class Andrew Franzen at the Easton State Police Barrack, at 410-819-4747. The identity of callers may remain anonymous.

The Maryland Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force is comprised of police agencies from around the State. Its primary mission is to protect children from computer-facilitated sexual exploitation. The Task Force works cooperatively with law enforcement agencies and prosecutors to provide resources to combat these crimes. Additionally, the Task Force provides community awareness campaigns helping to prevent the spread of these crimes through education.

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