The Wellton Police Department is requesting the public's assistance in identifying or locating possible child molestation victims who may be linked to Ronald S. Morgan. The alleged abuse may have occurred in and around Wellton and Yuma County during the past several years.
Morgan was arrested Tuesday morning as a result of an ongoing investigation regarding allegations of burglary and child molestation.
The incident occurred about midnight Tuesday when Morgan allegedly entered a residence in Wellton to commit a burglary. He then allegedly entered the bedroom of a girl about 11-years-of-age and molested her. The girl was home alone at the time because her mother was working, police said.
“First and foremost, our priority is the investigation of the case in front of us and the needs of the juvenile victim,” said WPD Chief Jeffrey Philpot.
“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 investigations if necessary.”
There is currently “a lot of bad information out there about this incident which I am precluded from correcting due to the sensitive nature of the investigation,” Philpot noted.
“However, due to information received since Morgan's arrest, we have indications that this was not an isolated incident and there may be other victims.”
After the arrest was made public, at least two other possible victims came forward to police with stories of allegedly being sexually abused by Morgan over a year ago.
“I believe that the demonstrated pattern of behavior was over an extended period of time, that possible victims 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,” Philpot said.
WPD encourages all parents or caregivers of children that may have known or associated with Morgan over the past several years to have a sincere and open discussion with their children as a precaution.
WPD encourages anyone with any information about this case to call Sgt. David Rodriguez at 785-4887 or 78-Crime to remain anonymous.