Man jailed for indecent assault of seven-year-old girl
A man was yesterday jailed for a year for the indecent assault of a seven-year-old girl.
Nicholas Morley, 30, changed his plea to guilty before the prosecution called its final witness against him at his trial before Magistrate Samuel McKinney.
Morley’s victim told the court that Morley put his tongue in her ear and rubbed his private parts against hers, while they were both fully clothed, on April 4.
The interaction made the child uncomfortable and she told her mother, who contacted police.
In an interview with police, Morley said that he was playing a “tickling game” with the child and that any genital contact was accidental.
Morley also told police that he blew into the child’s ear, but did not put his tongue in it.
Morley, who represented himself when the trial began last month, maintained those denials while questioning the child and the investigating officer.
However, Morley changed his plea when he returned to court yesterday with attorney Bernard Ferguson.
Ferguson said that Morley was remorseful for his actions and would never repeat them. Ferguson asked the court not to impose a custodial sentence and submitted that Morley being charged and tried was sufficient punishment.
Morley’s wife also gave a character reference on his behalf and asked the court for leniency.
But McKinney found that a one-year sentence was appropriate given the nature of the offense and Morley’s previously clean record.
Morley has seven days to appeal.
Sergeant Tameka Gibson prosecuted the case.