Inmate charged with child molestation, incest

Kirk Boxleitner kboxleitner@ptleader.com
Posted 2/28/17

A Port Townsend man who was serving time for vehicular homicide and hit-and-run is being brought up on charges of child molestation and incest.

Jeremy Jon Morris, 41, is set to be arraigned on …

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Inmate charged with child molestation, incest

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A Port Townsend man who was serving time for vehicular homicide and hit-and-run is being brought up on charges of child molestation and incest.

Jeremy Jon Morris, 41, is set to be arraigned on child molestation and incest charges Friday, March 3 in Jefferson County Superior Court.

Morris was sentenced Oct. 16, 2015 to 54 months of confinement, followed by 12 months of community custody under state Department of Corrections supervision, for striking and killing Esther Marie Machado in August 2015.

Morris’ black 1999 Ford Expedition was traveling southbound on State Route 19, just south of Four Corners Road, when it struck Machado, 38, from behind as she rode her bicycle along the state highway’s shoulder. Morris struck Machado again as he reentered the roadway, and then turned around and drove to his estranged wife’s home in Port Townsend, according to court records.

After Morris pleaded guilty, an analysis of a blood sample taken from him at the scene Aug. 25 determined that he’d been under the influence of methamphetamine. Morris was sentenced to four and a half years in prison. Morris was sent to the Monroe Correctional Complex’s minimum security unit.

He appeared in Jefferson County Superior Court on Feb. 24, 2017, via video, on charges of second-degree child molestation and second-degree incest of a victim younger than 14 years old.

According to court documents, Port Townsend police officers met Feb. 16, 2016 with a then 13-year-old girl, who told them that Morris had sexual contact with her about 15 times, between May and August of 2015, when she was 12 years old.

Morris denied these allegations to police when interviewed at the Monroe Correctional Complex July 20, 2016, according to interviewing officer Luke Bogues.

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