Former Virginia Beach Marine facing child sex charges

Posted on: 7:38 pm, January 10, 2013, by , updated on: 08:10pm, January 10, 2013


Virginia Beach, Va. – Virginia Beach court documents obtained by NewsChannel 3 say former Marine Kenton O. Morris had a sexual relationship with a 14-year-old girl. 

The documents also say he used his iPhone to take nude photos of the girl “on top of his bed, in his bedroom.”

The search warrant affidavit for Morris’s Collingsworth Trail home says that in November of 2012, the girl “ran away from home and was seeking a place to go.”

Documents say “Morris approached her from his vehicle” and she “took him up on his offer to go home with  him.”

It is unclear how long or how often the girl was at Morris’ home, but documents say it was at his home where he told the girl he was a Marine.  Documents say “he started talking about guns” and pulled out “three guns that he had in his bedroom.”

The affidavit says Morris then gave the girl “two cell phones so they could maintain contact discreetly” without her parents knowing.

The two began to exchange “explicit photographs” documents say.

Virginia Beach police told NewsChannel 3 the girl confided in her mother about the relationship, and the mother went to police.

Morris is now facing three counts of indecent liberties with a minor and three counts of carnal knowledge  of a minor without force.

The Marine Corps confirms that Morris did serve for 13 years.  He won several awards, but he left the Marines in 2011.  NewsChannel 3 reached out to him in jail for an interview, but he declined.  His lawyer did not return our calls for comment.