CHEROKEE COUNTY, TX (KLTV) - An east Texas man was found guilty of 34 counts of child sexual abuse in Cherokee County.
According to the Cherokee County Sheriff's Office, on March 30, 2017, in the Second Judicial District Court of Cherokee County the jury found Kevin Ray Morris Sr., of Jacksonville, guilty of 34 counts of Child Sexual Abuse including, Aggravated Sexual Assault of a Child, Sexual Assault of a Child, and Indecency with a Child.
The Honorable Judge R. Chris Day ordered all possible counts stacked, and told Morris after sentencing, "Mr. Morris, there is really no other way to put it, you are a monster."
According to the CCSO, the judge went on to say, "Mr. Morris, if I could give you more time to serve, I would."
During the trial, the State presented evidence that Morris had been molesting, raping, and threatening multiple children who ranged in age from 4 to 16 for more than twenty years before being brought to justice.
It was largely thanks to the efforts of Lieutenant Detective James Oden of the Jacksonville Police Department that the multiple victims were finally able to confront their abuser in open court, accordint to CCSO.
Through relentless investigation, Lieutenant Detective Oden was able to patch together a scurrilous record of child abuse dating back to the early 1990s.
Upon hearing that Lieutenant Detective Oden was tracking him, the Defendant fled to Ohio where he was later apprehended by the U.S. Marshals Service and transported back to Cherokee County for trial.
Multiple victims testified at trial, all of which told of the horrendous acts of sexual assault that the Defendant committed against them.
In addition to the life sentences stacked with 450 years in prison, the jury also assessed a $340,000 fine against Morris for his acts.