Texarkana Man’s Bail Set at $1.1 million for sexual assault of sleeping child in California

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SANTA ANA, CALIFORNIA  – An Orange County, California Superior Court judge on Monday set bail at more than $1 million for a Texarkana man suspected of sexually assaulting a young child in her Santa Ana, California home.

U.S. Marshals arrested Dustin Lee Morgan, 36, in Texarkana, Texas on March 26, after DNA evidence from the 2008 assault was further examined and the 36-year-old was linked to the crime, according to the Orange County District Attorney’s office.

In a press release Santa Ana Police say Dustin Lee Morgan, 36, from Texarkana, Texas, is charged with one felony count of performing lewd acts upon a child under 14 years old, one felony count of sexual penetration of a child under 10-years-old and a sentencing enhancement allegation for performing lewd acts on a child under 14 during the commission of a burglary.

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If convicted he faces a maximum sentence of 25 years to life in state prison. 

At approximately 5:00 a.m. on Feb. 8, 2008, the defendant is accused of breaking into the Santa Ana home of Jane Doe. Jane Doe is under the age of 10. Morgan is accused of walking into Jane Doe’s bedroom while she was sleeping. The defendant is accused of pushing the victim’s face down after she woke up and covering Jane Doe’s mouth to prevent her from making any noise. The defendant is accused of keeping his hand over the victim’s mouth while he sexually assaulted her.

Morgan is accused of fleeing the residence through a sliding glass door from the victim’s bedroom to the balcony after Jane Doe had screamed. Jane Doe’s family members contacted the Santa Ana Police Department (SAPD) that night and SAPD began investigating this case.

In February 2015, SAPD’s Family Crimes Unit conducted a further DNA analysis of evidence recovered from the 2008 crime scene, and linked Morgan to the crime.

On March 31, 2015, Morgan extradited back to Orange County.

 

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