Westerly man faces charges after sexual encounter with 14-year-old
WESTERLY, R.I. (WLNE) – The son of a Rhode Island State Senator is facing charges after allegedly engaging in sexual activity with a 14-year-old girl.
Westerly Police said 18-year-old Ian Morgan is facing a third-degree sexual assault charge after he had sex with a 14-year-old, whom he met on Snapchat in November of 2020.
Ian Morgan is the son of Rhode Island Senator Elaine Morgan, who represents the 34th district of Charlestown, Exeter, Hopkinton, Richmond, and West Greenwich.
Elaine Morgan was elected to the Rhode Island State Senate in November of 2014.
Westerly Police Chief Shawn Lacey told ABC6 that the investigation began on February 23, after a complaint from the victim’s mother, who came to the station after she found out that her daughter snuck out of her bedroom window to see Morgan.
Lacey said the two met up on three occasions. The last occasion was on February 20, where they engaged in consensual sex.
Morgan told police that the girl said she was 15 and would be turning 16 in March.
Rhode Island’s age of consent is 16-year-old.
Morgan turned himself in after police obtained a warrant for his arrest.
According to the State Judiciary portal, Morgan was arraigned by a justice of peace and released on bail.