The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

Clinton

October 27, 2012

Coal Valley man expresses sorrow in courtroom

CLINTON — A Coal Valley, Ill., man sentenced on Thursday for enticing a minor expressed sorrow in court.

Judge Gary McKenrick gave Dana A. Morey, 44, of Coal Valley, a deferred judgment with two years of supervised probation and a $750 civil penalty. McKenrick said that despite the seriousness of the charge, he felt that since Morey had never been in trouble with the law before, a deferred judgment and treatment served everyone involved the best.

“I’m deeply regretful to the mistakes I made last year that led me to this,” Morey said in court, fighting back tears. “This has devastated my life.”

Morey’s attorney, Joshua Reicks, told the court that the incident has affected his client’s family life. His wife divorced him and his adopted son refuses to talk to him. Morey attributed a series of mistakes he made to trouble in his marriage at the time.

According to court documents, Morey posted an advertisement on Craig’s List on Sept. 15, 2011, that stated, “There has to be some out there that want a little or a lot of extra sex on the side. Race and age are not a factor.”

On Sept. 16, 2011, an exchange of e-mails began between Morey and a person reasonably believed to be a 14-year-old girl, according to the affidavit. Morey discussed meeting the girl in person in Clinton to engage in sexual acts. They began communicating on Yahoo Instant Messenger on Sept. 27, 2011, and discussed meeting in Clinton, according to court documents. Morey traveled from Rock Island, Ill., to the 300 block of Riverview Drive on Sept. 29, 2011, and was taken into custody by law enforcement for the class D felony of enticing away a minor.

Morey admitted in court Thursday that he had no business talking to a minor online. He added that at the time, he did not know why he was doing it and did not think about the consequences.

“I am sorry for everyone that I hurt and I promise this court that something like this will never happen again,” Morey said. Morey said he wanted to get help and work to rebuild his relationships with those he hurt.

McKenrick agreed that this incident seems to be an aberration and took his lack of criminal history and his military service into consideration. He ordered Morey to complete the sex offender treatment program and receive a mental health evaluation until he has reached the maximum of benefits of treatment as stated by the treating therapist.

1
Text Only
Clinton
  • JUST IN: Local 888 files for arbitration with the city

    AFSCME union is the second this summer to file for arbitration against Clinton.

    July 21, 2014

  • Fire causes Vitale's closure

    Vitale's restaurant closed this afternoon, according to the business's Facebook page, citing a small fire for the cause of the closing.

    July 21, 2014

  • kyle.jpg Voices lifted for Habitat (with VIDEOS)

    CLINTON — Members of the community came out in droves Sunday afternoon to attend a Concert for a Cause, a first-time event benefiting Habitat of Humanity of Clinton County.More than 70 voices joined together in the Vernon Cook Theater for the CHS Alu

    July 21, 2014 5 Photos

  • GM looks to combat decreasing revenue CLINTON — The new general manager of the Clinton Wild Rose Casino and Resort hopes to utilize programs and giveaways to counteract decreasing revenue.During the Clinton County Development Association meeting last week, General Manager Travis Dvorak r

    July 21, 2014

  • Showboat 'Wonderful Town' performance to begin CLINTON — The Clinton Area Showboat Theatre will showcase its fourth production of the summer this week.The Leonard Bernstein musical "Wonderful Town" will begin its run on the Showboat stage at 7:30 p.m. Thursday. A reception will follow the perform

    July 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • Talent Show secondary art Two move on to State Fair DEWITT — Want a free bid to the Iowa State Fair? A few girls in the Clinton County Fair’s Bill Riley Talent Show figured out that one way to punch that ticket is to get on the stage.Participants age 7 to 16 did so on Sunday, showcasing their gymnasti

    July 21, 2014 2 Photos

  • Eight dead people still registered to vote

    CLINTON — The Iowa Secretary of State’s office found that 1,234 presumed dead people are still registered to vote in Iowa, including eight in Clinton County.The state uncovered the names by cross referencing with the Social Security Death Index. The

    July 21, 2014 1 Story

  • Kinser salary increase on the agenda

    CLINTON -- Seven months into the new term, the Clinton City Council has avoided closed session. Tuesday’s regular meeting, however, features two topics that likely will move into a closed meeting.First, city leaders will discuss “pending or imminent

    July 21, 2014 1 Story

  • L'Kings barely miss weekend sweep LANSING, Mich. -- The Clinton LumberKings were one strike away from their fifth win in six games, another road series victory and a one-run triumph. But closer Emilio Pagan allowed a game-tying infield single in the ninth inning, and Aaron Brooks all

    July 21, 2014

  • Jhanson Calling America home CLINTON — Born in Russia, Natasha Jhanson now considers the United States her home.When the 41-year-old was born in Russia, the Soviet Union was still intact. When Natasha was 14, the area split into multiple countries. At that point, her family move

    July 19, 2014 1 Photo

Clinton Herald Photos


Browse, buy and submit pictures with our photo site.

Facebook