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Pope County punk arrested in Hardin after alleged vehicle theft

Posted by on Wednesday, May 1st, 2019 @ 4:05 pm.

Seattle Morris

HARDIN/POPE COs., Ill. - A young guy from Eddyville was taken into custody today following incidents this weekend across both Pope and Hardin counties involving a stolen vehicle and burglary.

Hardin County Sheriff JT Fricker posted on the Hardin County Sheriff's Department Facebook page the following:

On Sunday, April 27, 2019 the Hardin County Sheriff’s Department received a report that a 2002 GMC pickup truck had been stolen from Elizabethtown.

That afternoon the vehicle was spotted in Pope County and as a Pope County Deputy attempted to stop it, the driver refused to comply and a chase began. The pursuit ended in the Eddyville area where the driver fled on foot.

Deputies from Pope, Hardin, and Johnson counties along with Illinois State Police, U.S. Forest Service Law Enforcement and Elizabethtown, Golconda and Vienna Police Departments assisted in searching for the suspect.

A search of the recovered vehicle by Illinois State Police Crime Scene revealed a person of interest. On Sunday, April 28, 2019 Hardin County Sheriff’s Department received a call regarding a break in to a residence in Elizabethtown. The information obtained from that call confirmed the person of interest and the investigation was turned over to the Hardin County States Attorney Dan Cockrum.

On Wednesday, May 1, 2019 working with Pope County Sheriff’s Department, Hardin County Sheriff JT Fricker arrested Seattle D. Morris of Eddyville. Morris is being held in the Hardin County Jail awaiting bond.

Hardin County Sheriff's Department Facebook page

The dubiously-named Seattle Morris is a male, age 24, currently of Eddyville but formerly of Golconda, and is a convicted child sex offender out of Hardin County. In 2013, Morris was convicted of Aggravated Child Pornography Possession of Film or Photo depicting child porn, an amended charge that's a Class 2 felony, pled down from two Class X felonies filed in October 2012: Predatory Criminal Sexual Assault of a Victim under the age of 13 (the vic was 12) and Aggravated Child Pornography Depicting Sex Between a Person and Animal. Then-state's attorney Tara Wallace apparently didn't want to deal with stuff that graphic, and so in May of 2013 she allowed Morris to enter a plea to the above-mentioned count and he got 4 years in IDOC for it...which apparently did nothing to curb his crim tendencies.

Morris is also currently under a felony charge in Pope dating back literally just a few weeks: He was charged April 10 with an April 8 incident of Felon in Possession or Use of a Weapon or Firearm, a Class 3 felony, as well as misdemeanor Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Naturally, he's out on bond in that case, so it appears Pope is coming out ahead as Morris' bond will be revoked in that case and he'll likely be remanded to the county until either a jury trial in that case (set for July 30) or a plea...which will probably be forthcoming in literally a few weeks, as the counties involved will probably be battling to see who can slam the little sex offender in prison first.

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