Man, with ties to schools, charged with sex offense involving minor

A Bardstown man who worked as an assistant principal in Bullitt County will be arraigned Wed­nes­day on a sex-related charge involving a student there, and officials are taking a deeper look at his time with other schools.

According to a news release from the Bullitt County Sheriff’s Office, the case involves Jeffrey Earle Morning, 35, sending inappropriate photos to a minor.

Morning also has ties to Hardin County where he served for a year as a guidance counselor at Bluegrass Middle School.

Morning resigned in mid-May from his position at Riverview Opportunity Center in Bullitt County after he was questioned by police at the facility, according to Louisville media reports. The incident was reported to the sheriff’s office May 6, when the student told law enforcement they received a photo through the Snapchat app from Morning that shows him “partially nude with exposed genitals.”

According to the release, the photo appeared to have been taken on school grounds. On the day police spoke with Morning at the school, he reportedly was wearing clothes identical to those seen in the photograph.

Morning had been communicating with the student for about a month, according to police, and is accused of sending other photographs of himself both clothed and nude. He also is accused of requesting and receiving photos of the juvenile both clothed and nude.

Morning was arrested by Bardstown Police last Friday and released from the Bullitt County Detention Center on a $5,000 cash bond.

In an interview with Louisville media, Bullitt County Sheriff Walt Sholar said his agency and Bards­town law enforcement are looking into Mor­ning’s time with other area schools, including Bards­town City Schools.

“We’ve had folks from the Bardstown area where Mr. Morning used to teach come forward with concerns and information that we’re finding disturbing and we are going to follow that through,” Sholar told WLKY News.

Morning was employed from 2009 to 2018 at Bardstown City Schools. According to a district statement, “ ... the district did not receive any reports of sexual misconduct with students during his time of employment.”

Sholar also said they are also investigating Morn­ing’s time as a middle school guidance counselor in Hardin County. HCS spokesman John Wright said Morning was at Bluegrass Middle School during the 2018-19 school year. He left that position for the job in Bullitt County, Wright said.

“To my knowledge, we have not been contacted by anyone regarding Mr. Morning,” Wright said.

Morning currently is charged with “unlawful use of electronic means originating or received within the Commonwealth to induce a minor to engage in sexual or other prohibited activities.”

The Bullitt County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Interdiction Unit still is investigating the case.

Anyone with information related to the case can contact the sheriff’s office at 502-543-2414 or the Crime Tip Line at 502-543-1262.

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