Morgan had media credentials through a Weatherford magazine, according to Moore. “As far as background checks, because he was a working member of the media, we rely on the media to do that.”
Others, such as the booster club representatives allowed on the sidelines to take pictures, do undergo background checks, he said.
“We limit the field access as closely as we can and he was on the list of credentialed media,” Moore said.
Moore said he could not yet address the parents’ allegations that prior complaints were made because he didn’t have that information late Thursday afternoon.
Morgan was around more than any other youth sports photographer and attended all the Ninth Grade Center cheer functions, including a Halloween party he was not invited to, one mother said.
Though Morgan had photographed her daughter for years in a couple of groups, she said she became concerned last year when Morgan made a comment to her about the cheerleaders’ outfits “really turning him on.”
Then Morgan showed up to the cheerleaders’ swim party and took pictures of the students in their bikinis, she said, adding that her daughter told her that Morgan made an inappropriate comment regarding a tan line on her breasts that made the girl feel uncomfortable.
Another mother said she became concerned when her young daughter told her that Morgan had invited her for a private photo shoot.
The woman said she told her daughter it was a red flag when an adult approaches a child, rather than the parents, about a photo shoot and talked to her about how child predators often groom their victims.
The girl later told her mother about a comment Morgan made to her during their cheer banquet regarding her body that made her feel uncomfortable, the mother said.
She was also concerned when she learned Morgan had attended and taken pictures of the girls’ swim party, she said.