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Posted on: September 5, 2018

[ARCHIVED] Inmate Sentenced to 57 Years of Supervision for Second Conviction of Sex Abuse


A prison inmate already serving years for sex abuse of a child was recently sentenced to additional time – 57 years of supervision - for abuse of two other children.

Brian T. Morningstar, now 45, was sentenced in 2014 to 8 to 20 years for sex abuse of a girl. That sentence will start after his prison time expires on a parole violation.

Sex abuse against two other children was disclosed after the first case, prompting Elizabethtown police to file additional charges.

On the new case, Morningstar pleaded guilty to nine felonies and two misdemeanors in exchange for a sentence of 20 to 40 years in prison, plus 17 years of probation.

Assistant District Attorney Fritz Haverstick said the abuse against the two children happened between 2011 and 2013, when Morningstar lived in Elizabethtown.

The two sentences will be served at the same time.

Morningstar must also register his whereabouts, under Megan’s Law, for the rest of his life.

The victims’ mother was in court as Lancaster County Judge Margaret Miller accepted the plea terms and ordered sentence.

Judge Miller said there is not enough time allowable by law to accommodate for what was done to the victims.

Elizabethtown police Detective Shane Deardorff filed charges.

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