Weatherford photographer back in jail after violating bail terms

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A Weatherford photographer, released from jail on bail earlier last week after being accused of indecency with a 16-year-old girl, was back behind bars on Friday.

“When Dax Morgan posted bail and was released from the Parker County Jail, he immediately made contact with a 15-year-old female,” Parker County Sheriff Larry Fowler said in a news release.

That violated the terms of his release, Fowler said.

Morgan, 39, was first arrested Sept. 30 after the parents of a 16-year-old girl called authorities. He gave a massage to the girl and took “risque” photos of her, according to a probable-cause affidavit. He faces a charge of indecency with a child/sexual contact.

Jail records show he was released at 6:13 p.m. Sept. 30 on $25,000 bail, provided he avoid contact with children under age 17 unrelated to him — including phone calls, e-mails, social media or text messaging.

When officials learned he didn’t stick to the agreement, Fowler said, investigators obtained an arrest warrant, which was served Friday afternoon.

The news release did not elaborate on the contact between Morgan and the 15-year-old girl. Sheriff’s Deputy Danie Huffman, a spokeswoman for the department, declined to give more information, saying the investigation was continuing.

Morgan remained in jail at press time, awaiting a hearing before a judge.

The incident originally began when Morgan, 39, from Weatherford and owner of Touchline Studios, was accused of touching the student inappropriately and shooting nude photographs of her.

Morgan could not be reached for comment Thursday.

Weatherford school district spokesman Derik Moore said Thursday in an e-mail 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.”

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.

During the “photo shoot,” 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 and left the next day, deputies said. Her parents became suspicious that morning when they noticed a Sept. 20 text message from Morgan, stating “Good Morning.” The girl’s parents then contacted deputies.

Armed with a search warrant, deputies seized a computer, cameras, massage oils, the victim’s bra and other items from Morgan’s home on Sept. 28, according to the 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.

Domingo Ramirez Jr., contributed to this report.

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