Police seeking man they say secretly took pictures, videos of minor then shared them online

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By Terri Hill | September 7, 2018

Pittsburgh police are seeking a man they say took over 52 pictures and videos of a 14-year-old girl without her knowledge and shared some of them on social media sites.

A warrant has been issued for Jeremiah Morris, 18, of Pittsburgh, charging him with involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, unlawful contact with a minor, statutory sexual assault, sexual assault, sexual abuse of children, exploitation of children and several other crimes.

Police allege in a criminal complaint the girl’s mother became aware of a video being circulated online that shows Morris and the girl engaging in a sexual act.  A school official contacted the girl’s mother, after it was learned that Morris was sharing the video with students at her school.

During an Aug. 1 interview with police, the girl said the last time she had sexual contact with Morris was in April, on her birthday. She told police she was unaware Morris was recording her.

The girl’s mother told police that Morris had violated a “no contact order on at least 30 occasions.” The complaint doesn’t specifically say who is named in the order.

On July 29, Morris was arrested and charged with simple assault after hitting the girl. While police were arresting him he said, “take me to jail” and “I’m already going to jail for yesterday.” Morris “violently threw down both cell phones onto the pavement in an attempt to prevent officers from obtaining evidence from the phones by destroying the phones,” the complaint said.

After obtaining a search warrant for the two phones, a police forensics technician was able to recover 26 pictures and 26 videos from the phone of the girl “in the various stages of undress and performing sex acts,” police wrote in the complaint.

As of Friday police are actively searching for Morris.

Terri Hill can be contacted at terri.hill@grantstreetnews.com

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