Weatherford photographer accused of indecency with young student

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A professional photographer who focused on Weatherford High School sporting and school events faces a charge of indecency with a 16-year-old student, authorities said Thursday.

Dax Morgan, 39, of Weatherford, was arrested Tuesday, and booked into the Parker County Jail on Tuesday. He was later released on $25,000 bail.

Morgan faces a charge of indecency with a child sexual contact.

The owner of Touchline Studios is accused of touching the student inappropriately last weekend and shooting nude photographs of her.

Morgan could not be reached Thursday.

Weatherford school district spokesman Derik Moore said Thursday in an email that Morgan was not affiliated with the district or contracted by the district to take photographs.

“He had been using media credentials from a monthly magazine in Parker County,” Moore said. “He is no longer allowed to continue taking photos at any WISD event.”

Moore said that the school district continues to take every precaution to ensure the safety and security of our students.

The victim told Parker County deputies that she met Morgan on the sidelines of a Weatherford High School football game while she took photos, according to a probable cause affidavit obtained by the Star-Telegram on Thursday. He eventually asked her to join him for a “photo shoot” at his Weatherford home last weekend.

The girl was to have stayed with a friend, but she left that home about 6 p.m. Friday and went to Morgan’s home, the affidavit stated.

During the “photo shoot” on Friday night, Morgan took photos of the girl clothed and unclothed, the affidavit stated. At some point, Morgan is accused of giving the girl a full body massage using massage oils, according to the affidavit.

The girl stayed overnight at Morgan’s home, deputies said. Her parents drove by the home of their daughter’s friend and didn’t see her vehicle, the affidavit stated. Her parents questioned her about her whereabouts when she came home Saturday morning and became suspicious when they noticed a Sept. 20 text message from Morgan, stating “Good Morning.” The girl’s parents contacted deputies on Saturday.

Armed with a search warrant, deputies seized a computer, cameras, massage oils, the victim’s bra and other items from Morgan’s home on Saturday night, according to affidavit.

In a recorded interview with deputies, Morgan admitted that he had taken “risque” photos of the victim in the bedroom of his home, including a picture of the student’s breasts but deleted it after showing it to her, the affidavit stated.

The affidavit gave these additional details:

On Friday evening during the “photo shoot,” Morgan took photographs of the girl outside of his home. She became tired being photographed outside and went back into the home where he followed her and persuaded her to undress. While she pretended to sleep on a couch, Morgan gave her a massage and became “aroused.”

The girl told deputies she was frightened as she was on the couch.

Morgan is the owner of Touchline Studios in Weatherford which was started in 2012, according to the Touchline website. Morgan noted that he started the business after a project that focused on the youth of the community and their sporting activities, the website stated. He expanded from sporting events to individual and family settings, weddings, lifetime events like infants and senior citizens and business/advertising photograph, according the website.

The website included photographs of a Weatherfor High School one-act play, cheerleaders at the Parker Count Peach Festival and individual photos of Weatherford High School cheerleaders.

Domingo Ramirez Jr., 817-390-7763

Twitter: @mingoramirezjr

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