CHICAGO — Prosecutors have said a 6-year-old cognitively competent woman was twice sexually assaulted by a residential care home worker who was under electronic surveillance for possessing a firearm while out on bail for shooting a man. said he was assaulted.
Cook County Judge Kelly McCarthy ordered Clarence Morgan, 33, held without bail Wednesday afternoon on sexual assault charges. detained without bail.
The shooting occurred on July 7, 2020, when Morgan was working as a barber at Block 6200 in South Racine. Prosecutors said that after Morgan gave the male children a haircut, he got into an altercation and subsequent physical fight with the man.
Morgan drew a gun and shot the victim during the fight.Morgan then fired six more shots while the man was lying down, five in the chest and one in the arm, according to prosecutors. He suffered three gunshot wounds.
He was released from custody after posting $5,000 bail.
At Wednesday’s bail hearing, Morgan’s private attorney, John L. Sullivan, said the shooting is set to go to trial on Tuesday. Sullivan said Morgan was also shot during the altercation.
About five months after the shooting, Chicago police arrested Morgan again after allegedly finding a loaded gun next to his seat during a traffic stop. His passenger Morgan denied the gun was his.
But Judge Charles Beach posted him $200,000 bail at a court hearing that same day, court records show. In that case, he would have to post a $20,000 bond to get Morgan out of prison. Beach also held Morgan without bail for violating his bail terms in the shooting incident.
Morgan was released on electronic monitoring and worked as a caretaker at a facility for adults with mental health and developmental delays on the city’s South Side.
Prosecutors on Wednesday said he sexually assaulted a 29-year-old woman in the victim’s bedroom and once in the bathroom. The woman told her mother about one of the August 29th attacks.
The woman then told the facility caretaker about all three incidents, and the caretaker produced a lineup of photographs of six residents and workers at the facility that matched the descriptions the woman provided. Prosecutors said the woman chose Morgan among the photos.
Chicago police were notified on Aug. 30 and the women participated in forensic interviews last month, said assistant state attorney Nicole Murphy. Police arrested Morgan on Monday to press charges.
Sullivan said Morgan was the facility’s “caregiver or supervisor” and now works part-time as a barber.
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