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Del. School Custodian Arrested for Sexual Relationship With Student

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GEORGETOWN, Del.- Delaware State Police have arrested a Sussex Tech High School custodian accused of having a sexual relationship with a 16-year-old student.

Timothy O. Morris, 29, of Seaford, is charged with continual sexual abuse of a child, 25 counts of fourth-degree rape by a person in position of trust, authority or supervision, 25 counts of second-degree unlawful sexual contact and sexual harassment.

Troopers said Morris' arrest stemmed from an investigation that got under way in May of 2012, when DSP detectives were contacted by a relative of a now 19-year-old female stating that she was involved in a sexual relationship with a custodian of Sussex Tech High School in Georgetown while she was a student there. 

Police said the ensuing investigation determined that the custodian, identified as Morris, and the female student had an apparent sexual relationship but the female did not wish to proceed any further with the investigation.
 
Troopers said that on Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013, Sussex Tech school administrators contacted DSP detectives after a 16-year-old student currently attending the school told them that she was being sexually harassed. 

According to police, that investigation revealed Morris would seek out this victim and give her unsolicited hugs and in one incident, attempted to get a kiss. This caused the 16-year-old to feel uncomfortable and scared, investigators said. Police said Morris also obtained the victim's cellphone number through a social media network and began sending text messages to her.
 
Police said that on Thursday, Jan. 10, the initial victim (now 19) was re-contacted by detectives who learned that she and Morris began a relationship in March of 2010 when she was 16. Investigators said the relationship became sexual in nature as the two would meet inside and outside the school setting and engage in sexual intercourse. These incidents occurred for approximately a year and a half before ending in August of 2011, police said.

As a result of the investigation, Morris was arrested on the aforementioned charges and ordered held in the Sussex Correctional Institution on $208,500 cash bail.

Sussex Tech said in a statement that Morris has suspended from his job pending the completion of the police investigation.

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