On Friday morning June 8th, Mr. Morris was called to station to meet with the Administrative Command Staff and he was immediately relieved of his position and terminated from the Porter County Sheriff’s Office.
June 18, 2018-Porter County Sheriff’s Police say that initial investigation into a report of indecent exposure has resulted in one of their officers being terminated. According to a written statement, Porter County Sheriff’s Police were called to Pleasant Valley Mobile Home Community for a report that a male subject was exposing himself to an adult female while asking for directions. The victm was able to get a license plate for the suspect’s vehicle. Officer then ran the plate and went to the home associated with the license plate. The report states that upon arrival at the suspect residence officers “immediately observed a Porter County Sheriff’s Office squad car in the driveway and recognized the last name to be associated with one of our own Officers. The Officers then made contact with John Morris, who stated he was the only one that had driven the suspect vehicle, in question that day. The same vehicle that matched the description provided by the victim and the same plate number.”
Morris was then taken to the Porter County Sheriff’s Office to meet with detectives who “determined [Morris] was involved in the Pleasant Valley incident and possibly related to other incidents throughout the county.” The case was then handed over to the Valparaiso Police Department for investigation.
Valparaiso Police announced today that they have charged Morris with 4 counts of Public Indecency with relation to 4 separate incidents of Morris exposing himself. According to Valparaiso Police, “Morris during the interview admitted to exposing himself in both cases. He also admitted to exposing himself on two other occasions (four separate incidents) those occurred in the parking lot of Kohls in Portage (5/3) and in the 800 block of Stratford Dr (5/21).”
Police stress that Morris was in his personal vehicle and was not on duty during any of the alleged incidents.
All suspects are presumed innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law. A criminal charge is not evidence of guilt.