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Springville man sent to jail for fondling boy

A Springville man once jailed in Thailand was ordered to spend 120 days in the Utah County Jail for fondling a 12-year-old boy in a department store dressing room.

Mark E. Morgan, 40, was sentenced Monday for lewdness involving a child, a class A misdemeanor. Morgan may participate in the jail's work release program, in which inmates sleep at the jail but are released to go to their jobs during the day, Judge Lynn W. Davis said.Morgan actually was sentenced to one year at the jail and a fine of $2,500, but Davis imposed only the 120 days and a fine of $500. Morgan also was ordered to participate in outpatient sexual abuse therapy and to write a letter of apology to the victim.

Davis included the apology letter as part of the sentence after it was requested by the victim's mother, who was present in court.

"In the two years since this happened, there's been no remorse," the boy's mother said. "I would like to see some kind of statement sent to the court apologizing to my son for the agony he's gone through."

Morgan will remain on probation for 24 months and should have no unsupervised contact with children under 18, Davis said. Also, Adult Probation and Parole may advise Morgan's future employers of the restrictions placed upon him. Morgan may be responsible to reimburse the victim's family for therapy sessions the boy has received, Davis said.

Morgan did not contest prosecutors' allegations that he took the boy, who was helping Morgan set up a greeting card business, to a dressing room to try on a new set of clothing. Morgan, who also goes by the name T.M. Young, helped the boy take his clothes off before looking at his "private parts" and then touching him for a few seconds, the boy testified last year.

In 1992 in Thailand, Morgan was convicted of committing "indecent acts on the children with the age not over 15" and was sentenced to three years in prison. However, he and thousands of other inmates received a royal pardon that year and were released.