Police investigate rape claim

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, January 2, 2007

Rodericus Morgan hasn’t even reached age 20, however, if the Perry County court system has its way, he may spend his next birthday in a jail cell.

Morgan, an 18-year-old Uniontown resident, is currently being held in the Perry County jail as he faces possible sexual abuse charges in addition to existing first-degree rape charges.

On Monday, July 3, 2006, a female Uniontown minor and her father reported to the hospital after she had been raped.

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It was there, after necessary precautions had been taken that Uniontown police officer Nash Gibson took note of her story in an incident/offense report.

“It happened between 8 and 10 that night. Her father took her to the hospital and after they did the rape kit, I got her statement,” Gibson said.

When asked if the victim knew the suspect, Gibson replied, “He is her cousin.”

Because of his illicit actions with an under-aged family member, Morgan is currently being held in jail with a $20,000 bond.

Although a court date has yet to be set, Gibson said Morgan could get out, charges pending, if he can make bond.

Morgan faces first-degree rape charges, with the possibility of the courts adding sexual abuse charges to the list.

This is Morgan’s second time being arrested since being taken into custody as a minor on less serious charges.