Former Oklahoma Police Officer Found in Hotel Room with Teen Ordered to Stand Trial17-Aug-2015
A former Kiowa police officer charged with kidnapping and statutory sexual seduction after being found with a missing teen in a hotel room along the Vegas strip will stand trial on the charges.
On Friday, a Las Vegas Justice of the Peace listened to testimony about from the girl and her parents before ordering Danniel Boone Morgan II, 30, to stand trial on the kidnapping and statutory rape charges filed after his arrest. Morgan intends to plead not guilty at his upcoming arraignment.
Morgan, of McAlester, Oklahoma, was arrested on June 25 after Las Vegas police found him with a missing 15-year-old girl from California. The girl, whose mother lives in Oklahoma, was visiting her grandmother in Turlock, California, when she allegedly left willingly with Morgan and the pair fled to Las Vegas.
Morgan was hired by the Kiowa police department in April 2015, but was already on administrative leave for an unrelated incident at the time of his arrest
in June. After he was arrested in Las Vegas, he was fired from the Kiowa police department.
Although the girl allegedly left willingly with the man, whom she knew, he was charged with kidnapping because the girl was taken from her home without lawful authority. Furthermore, because the teen was a minor who had not yet attained the age of legal consent to sex, he was charged with statutory sexual seduction.
Oklahoma's kidnapping law is similar to the law in Nevada, where Morgan is charged. In Oklahoma, kidnapping is defined in 21 O.S. § 741:
Any person who, without lawful authority, seizes, confines, inveigles, decoys, kidnaps, abducts, or carries away another, with intent, either:
1. To cause such other person to be confined or imprisoned in this state against the will of the other person; or
2. To cause such other person to be sent out of this state against the will of the other person; or
3. To cause such person to be sold as a slave, or in any way held to service against the will of such person,
shall be guilty of a felony punishable by imprisonment in the custody of the Department of Corrections for a term not exceeding twenty (20) years.
Both Oklahoma and Nevada have set the age of consent at 16. This means that no one under the age of 16 has the legal capacity to consent to sex with a person over the age of 18. While statutory rape is termed "statutory sexual seduction" in Nevada, Oklahoma calls it "second degree rape."
If convicted of statutory sexual seduction in Nevada, Morgan faces up to 5 years in prison. That is a much lighter sentence than he would face if charged and convicted in Oklahoma. In Oklahoma, second degree rape is punishable by a maximum of 15 years in prison. In either state, conviction of statutory rape requires lifetime sex offender registration.
Learn more about Oklahoma sex offender registration here.
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