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Former Eastern Shore Fire Chief Sentenced to Federal Prison

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James Morris Jr. James Morris Jr.

BALTIMORE- A U.S. District Judge sentenced James Morris Jr. to 60 years in federal prison on Monday for attempted enticement of a minor.

According to the 70-year-old Cordova man's plea agreement, Morris admitted that his sexual abuse of minor victims spanned several decades, including during the time when he was chief of the Cordova Volunteer Fire Department.

The victims reported that they met Morris in a variety of ways, including through his role as a bus driver for the Talbot County Public Schools and as a Little League umpire.

Judge George L. Russell III ordered Morris to register as a sex offender in the places where he lives, works, and is a student at, upon his release from prison.

Troopers say in September 2017, they received a Cybertip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, alleging sexual abuse of multiple minor victims by a member of the Cordova Volunteer Fire Department, who was later identified as Morris.

The investigation led to a search warrant for Morris’ home on Nov. 30, 2017. During the search officers found that  Morris used a specific email address to respond to an advertisement placed on Craigslist titled “Underage boy looking for daddy – m4m.”

The advertisement was placed by a 17-year-old minor male victim who lives in Virginia.

Police say Morris asked to visit the victim at his home in Virginia and requested a sexually explicit photo of the victim, which the victim provided to Morris.

In March 2019, Morris pleaded guilty in Talbot County Circuit Court to six sex offenses, including the sexual abuse of five separate victims beginning in the 1980s, as well as one count of possession of child pornography in 2017, and one count of solicitation of child pornography related to this case.

Sentencing in that case is scheduled for Aug. 2, 2019.

 

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