Child molester gets prison time, life on probation

by Wes Mayer

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The man accused of molesting a child in two Georgia counties, including Coweta, was found guilty on all counts during his trial last week.

After his trial came to an end Friday, David James Morris, 42, was found guilty of aggravated child molestation, child molestation and aggravated sexual battery. With the guilty verdict, Coweta Judicial Circuit Superior Court Judge Emory Palmer sentenced Morris to serve 25 years in prison followed by life on probation for the count of aggravated child molestation.

Morris was also sentenced to 20 years in prison followed by life on probation for the count of child molestation and 25 years in prison followed by life on probation for the count of aggravated sexual battery, but these are both to run concurrently to the first.

Morris was prosecuted by Coweta County Assistant District Attorney Robert Mooradian, and he was defended by Atlanta Attorney Dan Conaway. His trial began on April 29, ended Friday, and the jury returned with the guilty verdict around 8 p.m.

Mooradian said it was a very difficult trial because the victim, who had been greatly traumatized by Morris, had to come before the jury and talk about the things Morris did to her. The victim was very brave, though, Mooradian said, adding he was proud of her for testifying.

The molestations occurred around two years ago in Pike County, Georgia, but after further investigation, it was determined that Morris also molested the victim in Coweta, Mooradian said.

The lead investigator in Coweta County was Lt. Jason Ercole with the Senoia Police Department.



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