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Rapist sentenced in plea agreement

Friday, July 16, 2004

Staff Writer

A Salem man charged with two counts of rape and one count of sexual assault in the second degree accepted a plea agreement July 6 with the 16th Judicial District Prosecuting Attorney's Office.

Theo M. Morris, 27, was convicted of three counts of sexual assault in the second degree, class B felonies.

Morris was sentenced to 10 years in jail in prison, with six years suspended by Circuit Court Judge Tim Weaver.

Morris' conviction stems from one incident in 2002 and two incidents in 2003 in which he engaged in unwanted sexual acts with friends of his wife.

A 16-year-old female told Arkansas State Police Investigator Becky Vacco that Morris sexually assaulted her in July 2002 at his residence.

A 22-year-old female told Vacco that Morris entered her room Feb. 22, 2003, and assaulted her.

A third victim, an 18-year-old female, told Vacco that Morris committed an unwanted sexual act with her March 8, 2003.

Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Dwayne Plumlee said Morris could be paroled before his prison term ends.

He said the parole board would consider the severity of his crimes, his behavior during incarceration and his demeanor during his parole hearing.

Morris is free on bond until space in the correctional facility opens up.



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