Jeremiah John Morton

Jeremiah John Morton

TITUSVILLE - A Sparta Township resident charged in late June with having

inappropriate contact with his daughter while he was engaged in sexual activities with his

girlfriend will be facing trial in the criminal case.

Jeremiah John Morton, 37, was held for court on all charges, including aggravated

indecent assault, unlawful contact with a minor, indecent assault, indecent exposure and

endangering the welfare of children, following his preliminary hearing at District Judge

Amy Nicols' office in Titusville on Thursday.

Morton remains confined in Crawford County Prison in lieu of $50,000 straight bond. His

next court appearance, which will be at the Crawford County Court of Common Pleas,

had not been scheduled as of press time.

Corry-based Pennsylvania State Police arrested Morton on June 26 for the alleged

indecent assault, which occurred at a Sparta Township residence in November.

During an interview, the 4-year-old victim disclosed that her father subjected her to

inappropriate contact while he was engaged in sexual acts with his girlfriend, according

to an affidavit of probable cause filed with the police criminal complaint. The victim also

related that she was able to see Morton's genitals.

Morton was interviewed at the Corry barracks of state police and he admitted to

inappropriately touching the victim for a short period of time as he was engaged in

sexual relations with his girlfriend, according to the affidavit.

The identity of Morton's girlfriend was not released because she had not been charged,

but state police said the case is still considered under active investigation.

Prior to being incarcerated in June, Morton had recently been residing in an Erie halfway

house facility for a completely unrelated case.

Morton could face up to 35 years in jail and $65,000 in fines if he's convicted on all

charges, which include second-degree felony counts of aggravated indecent assault and

unlawful contact with a minor as well as first-degree misdemeanor counts of indecent

assault, indecent exposure and endangering the welfare of children.

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