June 2, 2014

Weatherford photographer indicted on multiple child porn charges

Dax Anthony Morgan, 39, is also accused of taking photos of a teenage girl with a camera hidden in a bathroom at his home.

A Weatherford photographer known for shooting high school sports and other events faces multiple child pornography charges after being indicted by a Parker County grand jury.

Dax Anthony Morgan, 39, was also indicted on charges of indecency with a child involving sexual contact and improper photography or visual recording.

On the improper photography charge, Morgan is accused of taking photos of a teenage girl with a camera hidden in a bathroom at his Weatherford home last year.

Grand jurors returned the indictment late last week. In all, Morgan was indicted on 18 charges of possession with intent to promote child porn.

Weatherford school officials say Morgan is no longer allowed to shoot at school district events.

“The allegations are that he created the images,” Parker County Assistant District Attorney Jeff Swain said Monday. “The images were of teenaged girls.”

Authorities did not release any information on the number of girls who may have been photographed.

Neither Morgan nor his attorney, Lisa Mullen of Fort Worth, could be reached Monday.

No trial date has been scheduled.

Morgan was first arrested Sept. 30 after the parents of a 16-year-old girl called authorities. He gave the girl a massage and took “risque” photos of her, according to a probable-cause affidavit.

Morgan, owner of Touchline Studios, was accused of touching the student inappropriately and shooting nude photographs of her.

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. 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 states. Morgan is accused of then 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 next 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.

Parker County jail records showed that 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, emails, social media or text messaging.

He was re-arrested a few days later after authorities learned that he violated terms of his release. Morgan has been free after posting bail on his second arrest for violating his bail.

This report includes information from the Star-Telegram archives.

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