Man in halfway house after porn charges

A Grand Junction man accused of having thousands of images of child pornography is out of jail and living in a halfway house pending the resolution of his case.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Kathleen Tafoya last week ordered 63-year-old Michael Morrow released from custody on a $25,000 unsecured bond on the condition he live in a halfway house, U.S. Attorney spokesman Jeff Dorschner said.

Morrow was arraigned on charges of transportation of child pornography and possession of child pornography. He pleaded not guilty to the counts, a common occurrence during an arraignment in federal court.

Morrow, who is accused of possessing 13,000 images of children engaged in sexual acts, told police he obtained the images over several years via computer from a man in the Netherlands, according to an arrest affidavit.

Morrow was hired as a teacher’s aide at Grand Mesa Middle School but resigned three weeks later on the day he was arrested.

He also formerly worked as a sports department copy editor for The Daily Sentinel and, more recently, wrote sports columns for the Grand Junction Free Press.

If convicted of transportation of child pornography, Morrow faces five to 20 years in federal prison.

\A conviction for possession of child pornography carries a penalty of up to 10 years in prison.


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