Court upholds Morgenstern sentences

Staff Writer

The U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the convictions of Nine Mile Falls’ Craig A. Morgenstern on Friday.
The 49-year-old Morgenstern was found guilty in 2016 of 12 counts of aggravated sexual abuse of a child, 18 counts of production and attempted production of child pornography, two counts of travel with intent to engage in illicit sexual conduct with a minor and one count of receipt of child pornography.
Morgenstern was sentenced to 12 life terms for aggravated sexual of child convictions, a 30-year term for the production and attempted production of child pornography conviction, a 20-year term for the of travel with intent to engage in illicit sexual conduct with a minor conviction and a 20-year term for the receipt of child pornography conviction.
According to trial record, Morgenstern sexually abused six boys in age from 7 to 15 years from a period between 2008-14. It was also established by Morgenstern traveled to different parts of the country to sexually molest the same victims and produce child pornography images.
Morgenstern drugged his victims to make them unaware of the sexual al abuse, so he could avoid detections.
Morgenstern was arrested shortly after one of his victims escaped from his residence in October 2014. The subsequent investigation and evidence led to the discovery of more victims.
“Morgenstern is a sexual predator who used his position as a doctor and the trust of unsuspecting families to prey on children for his own selfish gratification,” said U.S. Attorney Joseph H. Harrington after the Court of Appeal decision. “Ultimately, Morgenstern received a just and fair trail and a just and fair sentence, and he will never again be able to victimize another child or another unsuspecting family.

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