A McAlester man facing charges in three states stemming from his alleged relationship with and kidnapping of a then 14-year-old girl was sentenced in early October.
Danniel Boone Morgan, 34, was charged in 2015 with two counts of felony statutory sexual seduction and felony first-degree kidnapping after officials arrested him in Las Vegas, where he was found with the girl in a hotel room.
The girl – originally from Pittsburg County – was staying with her father in California when Morgan allegedly flew to the state and picked up the girl. Morgan was a police officer with the Kiowa Police Department at the time.
Clark County, Nevada, Chief Deputy District Attorney Stacy Collins told the News-Capital in 2015 that the charges against Morgan were simple.
“He picked up a young girl in California and took her to a hotel room here and had sex with her and that’s illegal,” Collins said.
An amended information sheet filed by Clark County, Nevada, prosecutors in August show they dropped the previous charges against Morgan and filed a new charge of felony child abuse, neglect or endangerment.
Court records show Morgan made an Alford plea in early October on the new felony count. An Alford plea is a guilty plea where a defendant does not admit to the alleged crime and asserts innocence.
According to an Oct. 16 court minute, Morgan was sentenced to 1,100 days in the Nevada Department of Corrections with 1,211 days credit for time served. Morgan was discharged from the custody of the Clark County Jail and the state of Nevada with no additional probation period imposed, the court minute stated.
Records show Morgan is now in custody of the Stanislaus County, California, Sheriff’s Office where he is being held on a $500,000 bond for felony kidnapping for robbery or sex crime.
Stanislaus County Court records show Morgan is scheduled for a pre-trial hearing on Nov. 19.
Court documents show Morgan is also facing a charge in Pittsburg County District Court for felony lewd or indecent proposals or acts to child under 16.
An affidavit in the case shows the father of the then 14-year-old girl contacted Pittsburg County authorities in 2015 regarding the relationship between his daughter and Morgan.
The father told authorities that his daughter lived in Pittsburg County with her mother, but was visiting him in California for the summer and that the mother was aware of the alleged relationship, the affidavit states.
According to the affidavit, after the father forwarded evidence to investigators, the father informed the investigators that the girl crawled out of the window and left the residence to possibly meet with Morgan.
An officer from the McAlester Police Department was able to call Morgan and was told by the man that he did in fact pick up the girl and was driving south in California, the affidavit states.
Morgan agreed to take the girl back to the residence in California and said that he would travel back to McAlester to speak with investigators, records state. However, he did not cooperate and failed to return the girl and a warrant for his arrest was issued by California authorities, the report states.
The affidavit states investigators in Pittsburg County were notified when Morgan was located and were told that a SWAT team was used to extract Morgan and the girl from a Las Vegas hotel room after he barricaded himself in the room.
According to the report, further investigation was pending in Pittsburg County based on secured evidence to be transferred from California and Nevada for possible additional charges and a warrant for his arrest was requested on the one felony charge.
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