Former track coach could have charge reduced

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Ted Sullivan
Friday, January 28, 2011
— The former Orfordville Parkview High School track coach accused of having a relationship with a 15-year-old team member could have a felony sexual assault charge reduced to a misdemeanor.

Allen J. Morris, 24, Orfordville, must stay out of trouble for a year and undergo sex offender and alcohol or drug treatment. If he does, the second-degree sexual assault of a child charge would be changed to disorderly conduct.

Morris would then plead guilty to disorderly conduct and pay a $500 fine and court costs. He had faced a maximum 40 years in prison and a $100,000 fine.

Morris appeared in Rock County Court on Thursday. Attorneys on both sides told Judge Richard Werner they approved of the informal plea agreement.

Defense attorney Jack Hoag said the two versions of the story in the case vary widely. He said a witness for his client also isn't available to testify.

Prosecutor Gwanny Tjoa said after the court hearing that the girl doesn't want to discuss the resolution of the case with the Rock County District Attorney's Office. He said the plea agreement is victim compliant.

Morris, a former assistant track coach, is suspected of turning a Facebook friendship with the girl into a sexual relationship.

According to the criminal complaint:

The relationship began in March and lasted three to four weeks.

Morris and the girl kissed at Footville Park, kissed near the school's choir room and later had sexual contact when Morris sneaked into her bedroom at night after a track meet.

Morris later told the girl their relationship should end.

An uninvolved student told a parent about Morris and the girl. Morris was suspended from his job as a supervisor at the high school weight room and as a volunteer track coach.

Morris remains free on a signature bond. He is scheduled to be in court Feb. 7, 2012, to see whether he has complied with the plea agreement.

Last updated: 3:58 pm Thursday, December 13, 2012

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