An arrest warrant was issued for a convicted child rapist Tuesday after the Harker Heights man did not show up for his sentencing hearing.
Steven Dwight Morrow, 36, was previously convicted of aggravated sexual assault after he pleaded no contest to the sexual assault charge.
Family members of the victim, an 11-year-old boy at the time of the 2007 incident, were at the courthouse Tuesday to testify against Morrow during a sentencing hearing.
Instead, after waiting more than an hour for Morrow to present himself, they went home. Morrow had been out on bail.
Counsel for Morrow told Judge Fancy Jezek of the 426th District Court they believed their client may have had the time of the sentencing mixed up. Jezek agreed to allow an hour for Morrow to arrive.
After about 90 minutes, Jezek asked if Morrow had arrived. When counsel told the court they did not know of his whereabouts, she issued a warrant for his arrest.
Morrow could be sentenced to up to 99 years in prison for the first-degree felony charge.
According to an arrest report, Morrow took the 11-year-old boy to a back room in his home in Harker Heights in November 2007 where there were numerous weapons.
The boy later told a sexual assault investigator he felt afraid of Morrow at the time. Morrow jammed a knife between the door and door frame so the door could not be opened. He then performed a sexual act on the boy.
When the mother arrived to get the boy, he appeared scared, the arrest report states. Later, the boy told his mother of the incident and she contacted Harker Heights police.
The mother of the child, who wished to remain unnamed, said Monday that Morrow pleaded no contest to the charge because of irrefutable DNA evidence.
Morrow’s counsel, Carlson Walden, refused to comment Tuesday.
“I want the world to know he did this,” the mother said.
By Philip Jankowski
Killeen Daily Herald
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