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FORNEY, Texas — A Forney man serving a 40-year federal prison sentence has been called back on a bench warrant to face a local charge for indecency of a child by sexual contact.

46-year-old Kevin Scott Morris was sentenced in April 2018 to serve 480 months in federal prison after pleading guilty to one count of enticement of a minor.

Federal prosecutors say Morris sexually abused at least 10 boys while posing as a film director, a member of law enforcement, and a photographer to entice, photography, molest young boys, and produce child pornography.

Morris has been called back to Kaufman County on a bench warrant and is scheduled to appear before County Court at Law No. 2 Judge Bobby Rich on September 27, 2018, in which he is expected to enter into a plea agreement, officials tell inForney.com.

Kaufman County Sheriff's Office spokesperson Jolie Stewart says the local case stems from a complaint made early in the investigation against Morris.

In a factual resume in support of Morris' guilty plea in the federal case, prosecutors say, from at least 2009 until his 2016 arrest, Morris posed as a member of law enforcement, a photographer, and/or a film director to convince minors and their parents to allow him to film, photograph, and sometimes travel with the children in furtherance of a proposed modeling or acting career.

During these sessions, Morris would build trust, groom, and sexually abuse and/or produce child pornography.

"Law enforcement learned of Morris’ abuse when one of his victims made an outcry that Morris had sexually abused him when he was thirteen years old," the U.S. Attorney's Office in the Northern District of Texas stated in an April press release announcing the sentencing.

When Morris was arrested, authorities discovered numerous videos and images of Morris sexually abusing several other children.

Morris was also in possession of child pornography he did not produce including videos of toddlers being sexually abused and a video of a prepubescent boy being raped with his hands tied behind his back, according to the release.

"Morris and the government entered into a plea agreement, in which both parties agreed to the term of imprisonment," stated the release.

The case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse.

The FBI, the Kaufman County Sheriff’s Office, and the Cypress Police Department in California investigated the case. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jamie L. Hoxie prosecuted.

Mathew Richards has been covering local and breaking news in Forney since 2012, later expanding that coverage throughout Kaufman County. Send tips directly to the attached email or our news desk at News@inForney.com.