Hart man sentenced to 10-50 years in prison for child porn.

August 31, 2020

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Hart man sentenced to 10-50 years in prison for child porn.

By Allison Scarbrough, Editor.

HART – A 50-year-old Hart man with a prior criminal sexual conduct (CSC) conviction and a felony conviction for dragging his dog to death behind a pickup truck was sentenced to 10-50 years in prison in 27th Circuit Court Monday, Aug. 31, for photographing a naked 10-year-old girl.

Carl Merlin Morgan, of 3112 56th Ave., pleaded guilty, July 6, to aggravated child sexually abusive activity. Charges of using a computer to commit a crime and methamphetamine possession were dismissed.

There is no evidence that Morgan sexually assaulted the victim in this case, said Oceana County Prosecutor Joseph Bizon. However, Morgan has a previous conviction of third-degree CSC.

The maximum penalty for aggravated child sexually abusive activity is 20 years in prison. Morgan also pleaded guilty to third-offense habitual offender.

Morgan, who is lodged in the Oceana County Jail, appeared in court via Zoom videoconferencing due to COVID-19 precautions.

Morgan and his relative, who was driving the truck, were convicted in 2011 after dragging a golden retriever to death behind a truck on Taylor Road in Golden Township.

Morgan pleaded “no contest” to a felony of killing and torturing an animal and was sentenced to six months in jail.

He is a registered sex offender and will have to continue to comply with reporting duties, said Bizon.

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