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Sussex Tech Custodian Arrested On Rape Charges

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GEORGETOWN, Del. - A school custodian has been arrested, after allegedly having a sexual relationship with a teenage student. Delaware State Police say they started an investigation in May of 2012 after they were contacted by a relative of a 19-year-old girl. The relative reportedly told police that the teen had a sexual relationship with an adult male employee of Sussex Tech High School while she was a student at the school. That investigation showed that the school custodian and the teenager had an apparent sexual relationship, but she didn't want to go on with the investigation.

On January 9th, Sussex Tech administrators contacted DSP after a 16-year-old student came to them saying that she was being sexually harassed. An investigation into the alleged harassment revealed that Timothy Morris, 29, of Seaford, would seek out the student and give her unsolicited hugs. They say that in one incident, Morris tried to get kiss, which caused the 16-year-old to feel uncomfortable and scared. The investigation also showed that Morris had found the student's cell phone number through a social media network, and had been sending her text messages.

On January 10th, Detectives got back in touch with the initial victim, who reportedly told them that she and Morris started a relationship in March of 2010, when she was 16-years-old. Police say the victim told them that she and Morris would meet inside and outside of the school setting and engage in sexual intercourse. This apparently went on over the course of a year and a half, until August of 2011.

Morris has been charged with 25 counts of 4th degree rape by a person in position of trust, authority, or supervision; 25 counts of 2nd degree unlawful sexual contact, continuous sexual abuse of a child, and sexual harassment. He is now being held at Sussex Correction Institution on $208,500 cash bond.

Sussex Technical High School released the following statement to WMDT about the incident:
"We are aware that Tim Morris, a Sussex Tech custodian, was arrested today. The arrest was the result of allegations which came to the attention of the District, and were immediately reported to the Delaware State Police. Tim Morris is suspended pending the completion of the investigation. State and federal law protect the privacy rights of District employees. Thus, the District is not in a position to release additional information."

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