An Unholy State of Affairs

Updated: Sep 18, 2019

by: Police Chief Gordon L. Wiborg, Jr. (ret.)



On March 31, 2006, a Lucas County, Ohio grand jury indicted former deputy sheriff Maurice Morris on one count of perjury and another count of assault in relation to his attempt to arrest an alleged pedophile. A 2016 law review article suggests this prosecution was part of an effort to retaliate against Morris for his work-related whistleblowing; his attempts to expose unlawful discrimination against him at work as well as an alleged attempt by his former boss to improperly manipulate a labor union election.[1] In any event, accepting the prosecution’s theory against former Ohio Deputy Sheriff Morris requires us to believe that sometime between February 2, 2006 (the date of Morris’ affidavit evidencing union election tampering by his boss) to March 5, 2006 (the date Morris helped arrest a church musician/alleged pedophile), Morris went from being a law enforcement/union/church whistleblower, apparently sensitive about work-related civil rights matters, to a lying civil rights violator.


(A)ccepting the prosecution’s theory against former Ohio Deputy Sheriff Morris requires us to believe that sometime between February 2, 2006 (the date of Morris’ affidavit evidencing union election tampering by his boss) to March 5, 2006 (the date Morris helped arrest a church musician/alleged pedophile), Morris went from being a law enforcement/union/church whistleblower, apparently sensitive about work-related civil rights matters, to a lying civil rights violator.

It seems Morris’ undenied vigilance in addressing church-centered pedophilia helped some people with questionable motives depict him as a vigilante, prone to unprovoked violence in response to prospective child predators. The debut edition of Priorities asserts that “(writing)-off . . . Morris . . . score(s) points for unaccountable law enforcement command officers, state prosecutors, . . . and church pedophiles of America.” So, in general, how are church-attending youth faring in the Toledo, Ohio area of late?










It seems the answer to our question is not simple given relevant news headlines since 2017.






Of course, Priorities is news and muse about America’s criminal investigation and prosecution priorities. How does or why would a community turn against an admittedly zealous champion of children’s rights, focused on helping advance prosecution of child predators lurking among religious institution leaders? Because the points in our criminal justice system at which Americans tend to abandon their critical thinking and merely defer to authority have weighty implications for our children, not to mention defendants; not to mention former Ohio Deputy Sheriff Maurice Morris and his family.








How does or why would a community turn against an admittedly zealous champion of children’s rights, focused on helping advance prosecution of child predators lurking among religious institution leaders?


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[1] Dr. Zena D. Crenshaw-Logal, Dr. Andrew D. Jackson, and Dr. Sandra Nunn. "How To Get Away With Career Murder: The Unconstitutional Blueprint for Systematically Purging Whistleblowers from U.S. Law Enforcement." Bepress Selected Works (2016). Accessible as of April 5, 2019 @ http://works.bepress.com/zena_crenshaw-logal/8/

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