Kiddie Porn Case Wrecks Newport Beach Lawyer's Career, Sends Him to Prison
|Kiddie Porn case sends ex-Newport Beach lawyer to prison|
Life was outwardly great for Morse.
But he couldn't handle his attraction to other men, turned to wine--lots of wine--to mask his fears, and began collecting child pornography on his computer.
Many of the images depicted "vile" sexual abuse of "very young boys," according to court records.
Morse initially pleaded not guilty, but later signed a plea bargain and, through his criminal defense lawyer, sought a punishment of probation with orders for therapy.
Believing that Morse, 31, may be a future, physical risk to young boys, Assistant United States Attorney Robert J. Keenan sought a term of 96 months in prison and lifetime probation.
But this month, federal Judge Andrew J. Guilford decided to send the lawyer away for 57 months. Morse is presently in custody at the Santa Ana Jail and awaiting transferred to a prison. When he emerges, he'll be subject to seven years of probation.
The California State Bar stripped Morse, who worked at Irell & Manella, of his license to practice law earlier this year.
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