A.L. man pleads guilty to sexual abuse

Published 10:06am Tuesday, February 12, 2013

A 46-year-old man with two previous convictions of sexual abuse against children pleaded guilty last week to abusing another child.

Randy Lee Morrow, of Albert Lea, entered the plea Friday in Freeborn County District Court as part of a plea agreement between his lawyer and the Freeborn County Attorney’s Office.

Randy Morrow

The plea, of first-degree criminal sexual conduct, was classified as an Alford plea, in which a defendant maintains his innocence but admits the prosecutor has enough evidence to convict, usually for stiffer penalties.

He is facing 12 years in prison, according to the agreement.

“I think that the right result is being obtained here,” said Freeborn County Attorney Craig Nelson, in an interview on Monday.

According to court documents, Morrow was arrested in August after police received a report of inappropriate touching of a girl at the Albert Lea city pool. Police later alleged Morrow molested the girl not only in Albert Lea but on trips to Florida and Tennessee as well.

In addition, Morrow, a Level 2 predatory offender, had not registered his address since 2008 and had been using a false first name of Robert.

Police did not know he was in Albert Lea because he did not register himself. He was found to be living at 621 E. Eighth St.

Morrow was previously convicted of second-degree criminal sexual conduct in 1991 when he perpetrated a young girl who was a friend of his then school-age daughter. He was convicted in 1996 of criminal sexual conduct in the fourth-degree of a 13-year-old boy.

Nelson said from his conversations with the U.S. Attorney’s Office, it does not appear there will be federal charges on the matter.

He said when Morrow’s prison time is completed, prosecutors will likely petition for a civil commitment to a state hospital.

Morrow is slated to be sentenced at 8:30 a.m. Thursday.