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Clear Lake man gets prison for preying on child

A 32-year-old Clear Lake man has been sentenced to serve up to 10 years in prison for satisfying his sexual desires with a 13-year-old female.

On April 21st Clear lake Police Officers arrested 32 year old Edric Henry Rashall Morris IV of Clear Lake on two class C felony counts of Committing Lascivious Acts with a Child. According to Police Chief Greg Peterson, the arrest was a culmination of an investigation that began on March 14, 2012.

The charges stem from an incident in November of 2011 and another incident on March 14, 2012 at Morris’ residence where he allegedly committed sexual acts with a 13 year old female.

Court records show Morris entered a voluntary negotiated plea agreement with the prosecution and entered a written plea of guilty to one of the two charges on July 10th. In exchange the 2nd charge would be dropped at sentencing on application.

At the scheduled sentencing hearing on Tuesday, August 21st, presiding District Court Judge Rustin T. Davenport sentenced Morris to serve up to 10 years in prison for the one charge he had voluntarily plead guilty to. Judge Davenport suspended a $1,000 fine against Morris, ordering him to pay $605.00 in court costs and lawyer fees.

Judge Davenport extended a no contact order against Morris for 5 years. Morris will also be required to register as a sex offender for life upon his release from prison.

Morris remains in the Cerro Gordo County Jail pending transport to prison.


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