Wellton Police issue statement about child molestation investigation
Wellton, Ariz. (13 On Your Side) - Police issued a statement because they want to warn the public that they believe there are more victims who may have been molested by Ronald Morgan.
Police say even though they have Morgan behind bars for breaking into a house and molesting a young girl inside of her bedroom, they are encouraging more victims to come forward.
On Friday, two more victims came forward.
Starting Monday the department is providing counseling to encourage those who have been victimized by Morgan to speak out.
Wellton Chief of Police, Jeff Philpot issued a statement saying, "First and foremost, our priority is the investigation for the case in front of us and the needs of the juvenile victim. Our next priority is to determine if there are any other victims, to get them the assistance they will need and to call upon the jurisdictional agencies to conduct additional interviews and investigation if necessary."
He went on to say, "Due to the information received since Morgan's arrest we have indications that this was not an isolated incident and there may be other victims. I believe that the demonstrated pattern of behavior was over an extended period of time, that possible victim's may have been too young to tell their stories and that we have the right person in custody pending review of the allegations by the Yuma County Attorney's Office."
Wellton Police is asking all parents or caregivers that may have known or associated with Morgan over the past several years have a sincere and open discussion with their children as a precaution. The department is working with Amberly's Place and will have victim advocates available.
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