Cleburne Times-Review, Cleburne, TX

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August 9, 2013

Suspect in child abuse case re-indicted

Morgan one of 99 suspects indicted by grand jury

An Arlington man arrested last July for sexual abuse of a child has been re-indicted after more allegations against him surfaced, Johnson County Assistant District Attorney Brent Huffman said this week.

The Johnson County Grand Jury for the 18th District Court on July 25 re-indicted Jay Thomas Morgan, 50, of Arlington on charges of continuous sexual abuse of a young child. Thomas and Rosalyn Elizabeth Burdette, 41, of Mansfield, were arrested last July on charges that the two had repeatedly abused Burdette’s two children, then aged 7 and 9.

Sheriff’s Office officials had been investigating the possibility that Morgan and Burdette had abused other children, but Huffman said Thursday no other victims have been found so far. He said Morgan was re-indicted based on additional allegation against him by one of the two victims.

“When [Morgan] was first indicted, there were just a few charges. But as the investigation has continued, more allegations against him have come to light, allegations of more different acts of sexual abuse that we needed to add,” Huffman said.

Morgan and Burdette were indicted Sept. 27 by a grand jury in the 413th District Court, both charged with continuous sexual abuse of a young child. Huffman said Thursday that Morgan and Burdette have both remained jailed since their arrests on bonds of $500,000 each.

Huffman said Morgan and Burdette and are both set for trial on Oct. 21 in Judge John Neill’s 18th District Court.

Burdette, who worked at the time as a medical eligibility specialist with Texas Health and Human Services, was arrested July 30, 2012, at her home in rural Johnson County after her ex-husband found photos on her computer depicting her and Morgan having sex with the children. Morgan, who worked in the engineering field, was arrested the following day at his job in Arlington.

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