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Rape suspect faces Bartlett judge

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BARTLETT, TN (WMC-TV) - Monday, the a man accused of raping a 14-year-old girl in a case that sparked outrage over the staffing shortage at the city's rape crisis center faced a judge.

While courtroom doors were closed to TV cameras, Kevin Morgan was inside, arraigned on a rape charge.

"He denies the allegations and looks forward to defending himself in court," said Morgan's attorney, Gray Bartlett.

According to the affidavit of complaint, Morgan entered the bedroom of his 15-year-old daughter while her 14-year-old friend was spending the night.

He's accused of providing alcohol to the 14-year-old girl, and when she fell asleep, laying down next to her and touching her body.  The affidavit then graphically details the alleged rape, part of it witnessed by Morgan's 15-year-old daughter.

During his bond hearing, the mother of the alleged victim asked to address the court.

She told the judge, "This was a family that my child trusted. Since this incident, she's seen a counselor, got an eating disorder...night terrors. The impact this has had on her is indescribable. She doesn't sleep. I don't sleep."

In the end, the judge granted Morgan $250,000 bond.  He's not allowed contact with the alleged victim, her family, or his daughter, and must live at home with his mother and father.

They left Bartlett City Court without comment, leaving the talking to Morgan's lawyer.
"I think Judge McCrary had a difficult set of facts in front of him," Bartlett said. "I think he read the bond statute. I think he applied the law and he set a bond that he felt was appropriate."

This case goes back to court June 8th for a preliminary hearing.

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