James Morger: Father of two accused of sexting with 12-year-old girl

Police say someone online is offering her for sex

DEERFIELD TOWNSHIP, Ohio - The father of two young kids faces charges for allegedly sexting with a 12-year-old girl who has shared her explicit photos with several people, police said.

Someone even posted the girl's picture on Craigslist and offered her for sex, police said.

The case has also landed a 15-year-old boy in juvenile jail on a rape charge after he allegedly had sex with her.

WCPO reporter Jay Warren went to 26-year-old James Morger's house in Deerfield Township Friday and confronted him about the sexting allegations.

Woman at the house: "Can I ask you what you're doing?"

Warren: "Yeah, I'm doing a TV news story on what's going on on his charges."

Woman: "On his charges?"

Warren: "Yes, maam."

Woman:  "Well, first of all, we haven't even done anything for that yet and you really need to speak to our attorney."

Warren: "OK, will do."

Woman:  "If you would please stop shooting my house, that would be greatly appreciated."

Warren:  "Well, I'm sorry, but I'm going to be shooting the house because I've got a news story to do. I can shoot where I want to."

Morger: "I can block you from shooting it too, man."

Warren: "OK, so let me ask you, were you sexting a 12-year-old girl, man? Were you sexting a 12-year-old girl? Now you're walking away. Why are you walking away?"

Police said when they started investigating they quickly learned the girl wasn't just sending photos of herself to the 15-year-old boy she knew from Springboro schools.

Morger and the girl met over the phone message app Kik and exchanged sexually explicit photos, according to Clearcreek Township police chief John Terrill.

"Unfortunately, you get adults involved with juveniles and they're a little more savvy in eliciting things out of them. Part of the charges stem from trading of photographs, yes," Terrill confirmed.

Police said they went to Morger's house with a search warrant and found a large quantity of marijuana, so they added drug charges.

The FBI got involved after police discovered the Craigslist ads.

"The ads actually originated out of another state," Terill said. "The extent of social media is so far reaching she had engaged in conversation with somebody out of state and that individual was actually advertising her on Craigslist."

The FBI is trying to determine who placed the ads and who responded to them.

The girl is safe with her family, police said.

Morger, who has two kids under 10, faces a long list of charges.

The sexting charges include pandering obscenity, disseminating matter harmful to juveniles and endangering juveniles.

The drug charges include possession, trafficking and cultivation of marijuana.

He also is charged with possession of criminal tools.

Morger's bond is  $375,000.
 

Print this article Back to Top

Comments

or Subscribe now so you can share your opinion! It’s only a penny for a month trial.