Daniel P. Morgan, Navy Corpsman Whose Bomb Scare Cleared High School, Gets More Brig Time
At a special court martial hearing in the base's military court, the 22-year-old pleaded guilty to one charge of unauthorized absence and one charge of disorderly conduct.
San Clemente Times reports the corpsman's parents, Ronald and Dolores Morgan, flew in from New Caney, Texas, to testify on their son's behalf.
As part of the plea, Morgan must forfeit $3,976 of pay, and he was demoted to the lowest pay grade.
Morgan reportedly apologized to the Navy, the Marines and the community of San Clemente for his actions, which prompted responses from the military branches as well as the FBI, U.S. Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, the Orange County Sheriff's Department, a regional counter-terrorism team, the Capistrano Unified School District, a regional school team called SMART and the sheriff's SWAT team and bomb squad.
That was because, after Morgan failed to report for duty on Sept. 7 after a four-day leave, his barracks were searched and a journal was discovered that indicated he had placed an "incendiary device" at San Clemente High. That led to an immediate lockdown that had the school's 3,200 students and 180 staffers moved to the football field and later the gym. No bomb was found after a five-hour search, Morgan turned himself in to the camp hospital that afternoon and the school resumed normal operations the next day.