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A convicted sex offender from Chattaroy is being sought after a Spokane County Sheriff’s investigation alleges that he had been providing alcohol and drugs to juvenile females before groping them.
Sheriff’s spokesman Deputy Craig Chamberlin said detectives raided the home of 42-year-old Leslie Morgan, who lives near the 24000 block of North Elk-Chattaroy Road.
“He was out of state when we served the search warrant” on Thursday, Chamberlin said.
The warrant followed a two-month investigation following allegations that Morgan provided marijuana, alcohol and hallucinogenic mushrooms to girls and then groped them.
The search warrant Thursday found a large marijuana grow in Morgan’s home and other evidence previously identified by the female victims, Chamberlin said.
Morgan has convictions in California for the same type of activity, Chamberlin said.
Detectives have warrants seeking to charge Morgan with four counts of delivery of a controlled substance with sexual motivation and one count of child molestation in the third degree. Additional charges are expected as the investigation continues, Chamberlin said.
Reports of two burglars escaping in a 2004 Volkswagen Jetta led sheriff's deputies to arrest three people recently, including a convicted sex offender.
Deputies located the Jetta parked outside a North Division Street pawn shop shortly after the burglary was reported Sunday in the 7800 block of North Hughes Drive in unincorporated Spokane County, according to the Sheriff's Office.
They stopped the car and identified the driver as Pete Huckaby, 40, who was with Chelsey Loe, 39. Both suspects are accused of trying to sell items stolen in the burglary at the pawn shop.
The duo led deputies to the area of 50 E. Crown Ave., where Joshua Clint Epperson, 32, (pictured) a level was arrested for his alleged role in the burglary.
Sheriff's officials describe Epperson as a “well-known local criminal suspect listed as a repeat offender.”
Court records show he was convicted of third-degree rape of a child in 2003. He also has conviction for indecent liberties.
Detectives served a search warrant at the Crown Avenue home and recovered thousands of dollars in property stolen in the burglary that was returned to the owner. Property suspected to have been stolen in other burglaries also was recovered, according to the sheriff's office.
Huckaby faces charges of residential burglary and first-degree trafficking in stolen property. Epperson faces charges of residential burglary and second-degree escape and Loe faces a charge of second-degree trafficking in stolen property.