Loveland man pleads guilty to sex offenses


By Sarah Hawley - shawley@civitasmedia.com



POMEROY — A Cincinnati are man pleaded guilty on Friday to charges related to attempting to meet an underage female for sex, as well as sending a photo to the victim.

James M. Morger, 29, of Loveland (Hamilton County), pleaded guilty to a fourth-degree felony charge of importuning and the fifth-degree felony charge of disseminating matter harmful to a juvenile during a hearing in Meigs County Common Pleas Court.

Morger had been scheduled to go to trial on Monday on the charges.

According to previous Sentinel reports, Morger was arrested in mid-January in Middleport after allegedly driving there from the Cincinnati area to meet a 14-year-old girl to engage in sex. The disseminating charge relates to Morger allegedly sending a picture of his genitalia to a 14-year old female, while the importuning charge falls under the classification as law enforcement posing as the 14 year old whom Morger allegedly thought he was soliciting for sex.

Morger, who was represented by retained counsel John Kaspar of Lebanon, Ohio, is on probation in Warren County and will now be transported there on any probation violation complaint prior to sentencing in the Meigs County case.

According to previous Sentinel reports, Morger previously pleaded guilty in Warren County to possession of marijuana, attempted illegal manufacture of drugs, and child endangering. Morger was sentenced to a total of three years in prison. According to reports in the Dayton Daily News at the time Morger pleaded guilty to the charges in the case, with the additional charges of possession of criminal tools, disseminating material harmful to juveniles, trafficking in marijuana and possession of drugs dismissed.

The plea agreement reached between the parties calls for Morger to be sentenced to 18 months in prison on the charge of importuning and six months in prison on the disseminating charge. The agreement also states that judicial release could be granted into SEPTA after he has served 18 months.

He must also register as a Tier I sex offender.

Additionally, Morger is to forfeit a 2011 Chevy Tahoe to the Meigs County Sheriff’s Office.

Sentencing is scheduled for May 19.

By Sarah Hawley

shawley@civitasmedia.com