FRONT ROYAL – A registered sex offender remains held in the regional jail without bond while accused of committing crimes against a child in October.
A grand jury in Warren County Circuit Court indicted Justice Morgan Henry, 38, of 1319 W. Strasburg Road, this week on one count each of sodomy, sexual object penetration and aggravated sexual battery, all involving a child under the age of 13, and one count of taking indecent liberties with a child under 15 years old.
The Front Royal Police Department received a report on Oct. 19 that Henry raped a 10-year-old girl, according to a criminal complaint filed by Detective Zachary King. The child said during an interview that Henry walked her behind the Motel 6 and pulled down her pants, the complaint states. The girl went on to say that Henry pulled down his pants and exposed himself to her, then asked her to perform a sex act on him, the complaint states. The girl said Henry then walked her to a wooded area behind Loan Max where he performed sex acts with the child.
Henry later contacted the police and asked why officers were looking for him. He agreed to go in for an interview where he was read his Miranda rights and interviewed. During the interview, Henry confessed to taking the child into the wooded area behind Loan Max where he sexually molested her, the complaint states.
Henry pleaded guilty Sept. 20 in Warren County General District Court for failing to register with state police on Aug. 3 as a violent sex offender. He received a 15-day jail sentence for committing the Class 1 misdemeanor. The state sex offender registry indicates that Henry was convicted of sexual battery in Oktibbeha County, Mississippi, in 2000.
A magistrate ordered Henry held without bond at the Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail shortly after the suspect’s arrest. The magistrate’s checklist used to determine if a defendant should receive bail indicates that his charges come with a presumption against granting a bond.