Local man accused of assaulting 3 kids

A Marietta man was arrested Tuesday for allegedly raping three juvenile family members.

Roger L. Morrow Jr., 35, of 780 Greene St., admitted to engaging in various acts of sexual intercourse with the three young girls, according to a statement of facts from the Marietta Police Department.

The previous day, an allegation of sexual abuse against Morrow had been anonymously called into Washington County Children Services and the three children, ages 8,10, and 11 had been removed from contact with Morrow.

The three children were interviewed separately at the WCCS bureau by a Marietta police officer Katie Warden and Dale Chidester, an WCCS employee.

The first victim indicated that Morrow had engaged in intercourse with her and sodomized her on several occasions.

“(She) was unable to get an exact date but stated that it occurred at her residence sometime from 2012 though March of 2013,” read the statement of facts.

The second victim gave a similar account of abuse. The third victim did not disclose any specific abuses, saying only that Morrow had done “bad touches” on her.

Morrow waived his Miranda rights and corroborated the girls’ accounts, said Capt. Jeff Waite of the Marietta Police Department.

“He basically said it happened,” he said.

According to the report, Morrow told Warden the incidents of rape had been ongoing over a period of several months.

Morrow said he had engaged in sex with the first two victims “three to four times each” and with the third “one or two times”.

“The defendant stated that he knew it was wrong to touch them and did not know why he had done it,” read the statement.

Waite said he did not know how long Morrow had been in contact with the girls.

He also said he did not yet know if Morrow has any prior criminal convictions.

Records dating back to 2000 indicate that Morrow has not spent time in the Washington County Jail since that time.

Public records from Marietta Municipal Court show his only court record as a seatbelt violation in 2003.

Morrow was arrested on three counts of rape, each a felony of the first degree. Each count carries a maximum penalty of 11 years in prison.

The next step will be a preliminary hearing in municipal court, unless that hearing is waived, said Waite.

If enough evidence is found to go forward, the case will likely be bound over to Washington County Common Pleas Court for indictment by a grand jury.

Morrow is being held at the Washington County Jail on a $300,000 bond-$100,000 for each count of rape.