Man gets 25 years for sexual misconduct with minor

An Independence man was sentenced Thursday to 25 years in prison for enticing a 7-year-old girl to have sexual conduct with him.

Francis L. Morgan, 64, pleaded guilty to exposing himself to the victim, a relative of a long-time friend, and to asking her to touch him. He had previously pleaded guilty to statutory sodomy and possession of child pornography in an unrelated case.

Platte County Circuit Court Judge Abe Shafer ordered the 25-year-sentence to run consecutively with a 20-year sentence in Jackson County.

“His crimes against children end today,” Platte County Prosecutor Eric Zahnd said about Morgan in a statement.