Cops and Courts

Morgantown woman accused of sexual assault of 14-year-old

A Morgantown woman is facing a third-degree sexual assault charge after she allegedly engaged in a sexual relationship with a 14-year-old girl. 

The investigation began after the teen’s father alerted the Monongalia County Sheriff’s Department that a woman, who he believed to be Morgan Elizabeth Loring, 20, of Morgantown, had a sexual relationship with his daughter based on phone calls and text messages sent to the juvenile’s phone, the criminal complaint reads. 

Court records state one of the texts Loring allegedly sent to the teen said, “I can’t wait to f*** you all night.” Another sent by the juvenile to Loring read, “I can’t believe we just had sex. I feel guilty.” 

During a child advocacy interview with the victim, she confirmed that she and Loring were in a sexual relationship throughout the months of August, September and October and sexual activity had occurred on multiple occasions, according to the complaint. The victim also stated Loring was aware she was only 14 years old during that time. 

Detectives wrote in the complaint that a protective order was obtained for the juvenile victim and served to Loring on Oct. 18.  

As of Oct. 25, detectives reported they have “received information that leads us to believe Loring and [the victim] have continued their relationship since the protective order was placed in effect and that it is believed to have continued to be of a sexual nature.” 

Loring was arrested and arraigned in Monongalia County Magistrate Court on Wednesday before Judge James T. Pocius and charged with sexual assault in the third degree. Bond was set at $25,000. As of Thursday afternoon, she was still in custody and being held at North Central Regional Jail.