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October 3, 2013

An early focus on photog

Parents say they complained to district of photographer now charged with child indecency by sexual contact

By CHRISTIN COYNE

Parents of two Weatherford ISD teens say they made complaints to school officials months ago regarding the behavior of a photographer now charged with molesting a teen he met at a Weatherford High School football game.

Dax Anthony Morgan, 39, a well-known Weatherford youth sports photographer, was booked into the Parker County Jail Tuesday on a charge of indecency with a child by sexual contact regarding allegations he inappropriately touched a 16-year-old girl the night of Sept. 27 after inviting her to his house for a photo shoot.

The sheriff’s office says Morgan inappropriately touched the girl, who was at Morgan’s house without her parents’ knowledge, after taking pictures of her while dressed and undressed.

Morgan admitted to taking a photograph of the girl’s breasts but said he deleted it immediately afterward, according to a probable cause affidavit. He also reportedly said he knew the girl was 16 years old.

Two mothers of teen cheerleaders told the Democrat they also began noticing issues with Morgan’s behavior around their daughters last year and notified police and school officials but felt nothing was done to protect students.

Weatherford ISD spokesman Derik Moore said he could not immediately confirm Thursday whether the district had received prior complaints involving Morgan.

However, Morgan is no longer allowed at athletic-related events, according to Moore.

After being notified of the investigation, Weatherford ISD issued Morgan a verbal trespass warning on Monday and gave him a formal notice on Wednesday, he said.

“Our concern is for the safety and security of the students,” Moore said.

Though several parents indicated they initially believe Morgan worked for the district, Morgan has never been affiliated with Weatherford ISD and the district has never paid or contracted with him for any photos, whether group or action, according to Moore.

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