Maryland ex-fire chief sentenced for enticement of a minor


Cordova, Md. — The former chief of a volunteer fire department on Maryland’s Eastern Shore has been sentenced to 60 years in federal prison for attempting to entice a minor.

According to the U.S. Attorney’s office in Maryland, 70-year-old James Morris Jr., of Cordova,  pleaded guilty and was sentenced yesterday.

Authorities say Morris in his plea agreement admitted to sexually abusing minors over decades, including when he was the chief of the Cordova Volunteer Fire Department.

Law enforcement began investigating Morris in September of 2017, after the Maryland State Police received a tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

Morris in March also pleaded guilty to state charges, including six sex offenses.

Reports say Morris’ attorney has not returned calls to comment.


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