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FRIDAY, MAY 18, 2007

Wife of accused molester says she missed 'signs'

By Seth Burkett 340-2355

The wife of a Decatur man charged with molesting two girls, a 4-year-old and a 2-year old, said Thursday that she should have seen the signs of her husband's dark side.

Police arrested Gerald Andrew Morris II, 24, of 114 14th St. S.W. on Tuesday after a grand jury indicted him on one count of first-degree sodomy and four counts of first-degree sexual abuse.

Both victims were related to Morris, and the alleged abuses took place between April 2005 and February 2007, said Lt. Chris Mathews, a police spokesman.

Morris subjected both girls to sexual contact and engaged in oral sex with the 2-year-old, Mathews said.

Crystal Morris, 23, said she filed for divorce after the abuses came to light. She said she even recorded her husband on cassette talking about things he'd done to children.

She said she wants to warn others that sexual predators may lurk within their own homes.

"To young mothers who think, well, I love him or I've known him forever — you don't know somebody. I've dated him since eighth grade. The signs were there, and I missed them. I married him, and I missed the signs, so I feel responsible, too," Crystal Morris said.

"It's such a bad subject that people don't want to talk about it," she said.

Gerald Morris remained in Morgan County Jail on Thursday in lieu of $50,000 bond. A conviction on the sodomy charge alone could result in a sentence of up to 99 years or life in prison.

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