By: Patti Weaver
(Stillwater, Okla.) — A former Stillwater Junior High teacher and baseball coach was given a five-year prison term Friday for sexting a 16-year-old girl, who had been his student when she was 14.
Alberto Morejon IV, 28, of Stillwater, had been free on $50,000 bail until he was jailed Friday after pleading guilty before District Judge Phillip Corley. Morejon must serve five years of probation after he gets out of prison.
“Morejon will also be required to register for 25 years as a sex offender,” District Attorney Laura Austin Thomas said Friday in a news release.
The victim and her family were actively involved in the prosecution’s recommendation for punishment, the DA noted.
Stillwater Police Detective Sherae Lejeune and the Saville Center for Child Advocacy were commended by the DA “for bringing this case forward and providing support for the victim.”
Morejon was arrested on May 19, 2020, after a parent contacted police on May 12, 2020, a news release said.
During a May 15, 2020, interview at the child advocacy center, the girl “disclosed that she and Alberto had text and ‘photo messaging’ conversations on Instagram. The content began innocuous, but eventually became flirtatious in nature,” the detective’s affidavit said.
“Alberto sent images of exposed male genitalia as well as ‘imprint’ images, an erect penis concealed by tight-fitting clothing such as underwear,” the affidavit said. The girl “received approximately five images of an exposed penis over the past two years. She received ‘imprint’ images in almost every conversation,” according to the 2020 affidavit.
“Alberto requested (the girl) send unclothed images of herself to him. Alberto also told (the girl) they could meet together at a residence accessible to him where they would not be found,” the affidavit said.
In a separate case regarding a different girl filed on June 8, 2020, Morejon was accused of oral sodomy of a 16-year-old girl whom he had befriended when she was an eighth-grade student of his at age 14 in the 2015-2016 school year, the detective alleged in another affidavit. That charge was dismissed Friday by the prosecution on the request of the complaining witness, who is now an adult, the DA said.
She was advised if she wished to cooperate, the dismissed oral sodomy charge could be refiled before the statute of limitations expires, which would be 12 years from the date it was originally reported to police, the DA noted.