Loveland man sentenced to prison in Meigs case

By Sarah Hawley - [email protected]

POMEROY — A Loveland man has been sentenced to two years in prison after pleading guilty to attempting to meet a teenager for sex as well as sending photos to the girl.

James M. Morger, 29, of Hamilton County, pleaded guilty in late April to a fourth-degree felony charge of importuning and a fifth-degree felony charge of disseminating matter harmful to a juvenile in Meigs County Common Pleas Court.

On Thursday, Morger appeared alongside his attorney John Kaspar to be sentenced on the charges.

Judge I. Carson Crow sentenced Morger in accordance with the negotiated agreement between the prosecution and defense in the case.

Assistant Prosecutor Jeff Adkins read the agreement to the court, which called for Morger to be sentenced to the maximum of 18 months in prison on the importuning charge and an additional six months on the disseminating charge. In accordance with the plea agreement, the state would not oppose judicial release after 18 months in the SEPTA for sex offender counseling.

Morger is also required to register as a Tier I sex offender for a 15-year period.

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.

At the time of his arrest, Morger was on probation in a Warren County case.

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.

Morger and Kaspar stated in court on Thursday that Morger has been sentenced to serve the balance of his term, approximately 23 months, on the probation violation in Warren County. That time is to run concurrent to the Meigs County case.

Morger was also ordered to forfeit a 2011 Chevrolet Tahoe to the Meigs County Sheriff’s Office. Personal items in the vehicle were to be turned over to Kaspar following Thursday’s hearing.

By Sarah Hawley

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