Victim was employed as defendant’s babysitter at the time of alleged crimes

Last updated: August 11. 2014 12:22PM - 19903 Views
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A 39-year-old Russellville man was arrested Sunday after he was indicted on 30 counts of sexually based charges against a minor, who he was employing as a babysitter.

Brandon G. Morris, of Thoroughbred Lane in Russellville, was arrested following a six month investigation by the Logan County Sheriff’s Department, which led to the indictment on Friday, Aug. 8, by a Logan County Grand Jury.

According to the indictment, Morris began a sexual relationship with the victim when she was less than 16 years old. The first incidents he is charged with occurred on or between Sept. 27, 2007, and May 5, 2008. During that time period, Morris is charged with seven counts of first degree sexual abuse for touching the victim in a sexual manner while she was under the age of 16. He is also charged with one count of third degree rape for having sexual intercourse with the victim during that same time period.

Morris was also indicted on 11 counts of third degree rape for having sex with the victim between May 6, 2008, and May 5, 2010, when she was under 18 years old and employed as his babysitter. According to the indictment, the sex occurred in many different locations, including the Morris home, while Morris was driving a vehicle, on a boat in Lake Malone and at the homes of several other families in Russellville and Logan County.

Morris is also charged with five counts of sodomy for engaging in oral and anal sex between May 6, 2008, and May 5, 2010, when the victim was under 18 years old and employed as his babysitter, according to the indictment.

There are three additional charges of use of a minor in a sexual performance for when Morris induced the victim to create sexually explicit pictures and videos while she was under 18. Morris is also charged with three counts of possession of matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor for possessing the photos and videos.

Morris was lodged in the Logan County Detention Center on a $150,000 bond and was still incarcerated on Monday morning.

Detective Kevin Bibb of the Logan County Sheriff’s Department is the investigating officer and the investigation is still ongoing at this time.

Morris is scheduled to be arraigned on Aug. 28 at 8:30 a.m.

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