Franklin Man Found with Child Pornography on Cell Phone Waives Hearing

| November 7, 2019

GavelCRANBERRY TWP., Pa. (EYT) – A Franklin man who was jailed for an alleged sexual assault earlier this year waived his hearing Wednesday on charges related to child pornography that was allegedly found on his cell phone.

According to court documents, the following charges against 44-year-old Terrance Richard Morrison, of Franklin, were waived for court on Wednesday, November 6:

– Child Pornography, Felony 3

The charge has been transferred to the Venango County Court of Common Pleas.

Morrison remains lodged in the Venango County Jail.

The charge stems from an investigation into a phone turned in to the Franklin Police Department in June.

Details of the case:

According to a criminal complaint, on June 22, a representative of the Franklin Police Department contacted the Franklin-based State Police to advise that a known woman was at their station attempting to turn in a cell phone belonging to Terrance Morrison.

According to the complaint, the woman noted that Morrison had recently been arrested for the sexual assault of a juvenile and was currently in jail. She went on to report that following Morrison’s arrest, she decided to look through his cell phone and found pictures of “young girls” on the phone. She stated that some of the girls were naked and appeared to be less than 15 years old.

The woman also reported that she found Morrison had been messaging young girls through SnapChat. She told police while she was looking at the phone, a message popped up from a girl, and she then identified herself and asked the girl how old she was, to which the girl replied she was 13 years old. The woman stated she felt that she should turn the phone over to law enforcement after discovering the pictures and messages, the complaint states.

The phone was then packaged and logged into evidence.

On July 9, a search warrant was obtained for the phone, and the phone was taken to the Pennsylvania State Police Computer Crime Lab for analysis.

According to the complaint, a review of the two DVD discs containing the logistical download of photos and messages from the cell phone found photos depicting the genitals of what appeared to be a pre-pubescent female. The complaint notes a medical opinion obtained from a physician at UPMC Children’s Hospital also indicated the photo was consistent with the genitals of a female likely less than 12 years of age. Numerous screenshot photographs of teenage and possibly pre-teenage females who were clothed were also found on the phone.

Morrison was arraigned in front of Magisterial District Judge Patrick E. Lowrey at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, October 21.

Court documents indicate a plea hearing for Morrison in the sexual assault case filed against him in June was continued on Monday, October 21. A new date for the hearing has not yet been scheduled.

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