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Gainesville man sentenced to 10 years in rape case

Morgan pleads guilty to sexually abusing a disabled woman

POSTED: April 2, 2014 2:21 a.m.

A Gainesville man was sentenced to 10 years in prison by a Hall County judge after pleading guilty to sexually abusing a disabled person, according to the district attorney’s office.

Ramon Morgan, 33, was indicted in June on charges of rape, aggravated sodomy, abuse of a disabled adult, exploitation of a disabled adult and sexual battery. The case was investigated by the Oakwood Police Department.

Judge Bonnie Oliver sentenced Morgan to 20 years total, the additional 10 to be served on probation, after he entered a guilty plea to the charges of attempted rape, abuse of a disabled adult and sexual battery.

Lee Darragh, district attorney for the Northeastern Judicial Circuit covering Hall and Dawson counties, said Morgan had an impending jury trial. The victim, who was both physically disabled and cognitively delayed, Darragh said, testified in a pretrial hearing concerning an alleged previous instance of abuse. The incident in question happened on May 3, 2013.

“Mentally and physically challenged adults are among the most vulnerable of our community,” Darragh said in a news release. “Morgan was rightfully held accountable by his plea of guilty and sentence without the victim having to testify more than she did.

“She was a brave young woman and we are glad that she’ll not likely be Morgan’s victim ever again,” he added.

Morgan, who was represented by a public defender, faced a mandatory minimum sentence of 25 years in prison on the rape and aggravated sodomy charges.

He will be required to register as a sex offender, Darragh said.



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