Robert Morrison enters guilty plea to all charges

Robert Morrison enters guilty plea to all charges

The former martial arts studio owner remains in custody. His sentencing is scheduled for Sept. 21.

Robert James Morrison pleaded guilty Aug. 16 to five separate counts — four felonies and one gross misdemeanor — at a plea hearing.

He was charged with three felony counts of rape of a child, one felony count of communication with a minor for immoral purposes and a gross misdemeanor count of communication with a minor for immoral purposes.

The guilty plea came less than a month before Morrison’s Sept. 4 trial date.

Morrison was out on bail but following his guilty pleas Thursday, he was taken back into custody.

His next court appearance will be for sentencing on Sept. 21.

The prosecution is recommending Morrison serve 60 months for each of the four felony counts.

According to court documents, the terms on each of the four counts would run concurrently with each other.

The state is also recommending he serve community custody if he is released prior to the 60 months in prison, according to Dan Katzer, media relations for the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.

This custody is “mandatory for any sex offense” for a period of 36 months, according to the documents.

For the gross misdemeanor charge, the prosecution is recommending a suspended 364 days for 24 months, according to Katzer.

Along with his sentencing, Morrison must also register as a sex offender and must not hold any position of authority involving minors.

In August 2016, Morrison was charged with one count of communicating with a minor for immoral purposes and three counts of rape of a child in the third degree.

He originally pleaded not guilty to all charges in September 2016.

Morrison is the former owner of Lee’s Martial Arts studio in Renton and Maple Valley.

For related stories previous run by The Reporter, click on the following links:

Martial arts teacher’s relationship with victim began when she was 14, according to court documents

Morrison enters not guilty plea

September trial date set for martial arts studio owner


Talk to us

Please share your story tips by emailing editor@rentonreporter.com.

To share your opinion for publication, submit a letter through our website https://www.rentonreporter.com/submit-letter/. Include your name, address and daytime phone number. (We’ll only publish your name and hometown.) Please keep letters to 300 words or less.

More in News

File photo.
Mysterious in-home deaths of father, two daughters ruled as starvation

Written materials about fasting were found in the home; the father’s death called a suicide.

Dr. Faisal Khan. Courtesy of King County.
Dr. Faisal Khan appointed as next King County health director

Dennis Worsham will continue to serve as interim director until September 6.

Tsr
Renton spa employee accused of trying to coerce woman into prostitution, posing nude

Quyen T. Nguyen, 39, has been accused of attempted promotion of prostitution… Continue reading

Teaser
King County experts discuss extreme heat mitigation plan

The plan includes improving infrastructure and communications to prevent future disasters.

T
Public art call for South King County transit corridor

Deadline is July 13 for artists to apply to have their work in new RapidRide expansion.

Construction at Lindbergh High School is expected to last from summer 2022 to spring 2024. Image courtesy of Renton School District.
Lindbergh High School construction begins in July, will continue until 2024

The preparation phase for construction at the high school started in March 2021.

Courtesy of the Renton School District.
Renton welcomes three new principals to the school district

The principals will lead Benson Hill Elementary School, Talley High School and Hazen High School.

File photo.
Renton officials remind community of fireworks ban ahead of July 4

County has also banned the sale and discharge of fireworks in unincorporated areas of the county.

King County Prosecuting Attorney Dan Satterburg (File Photo)
King County Prosecuting Attorney vows to protect reproductive freedom

Dan Satterberg joins over 80 prosecutors from around the country in their pledge.

Most Read