Craig Morgenstern will go to trial Monday to face nearly three dozen counts of child sex crimes, including sex with children, production of child pornography, and transportation of child with intent for sexual acts. The former Veteran's Affairs doctor's arrest shocked the region in October 2014.
|(Dr.) Craig Morgenstern|
It would bad enough if it happened once. But prosecutors say it happened many times, with many kids. Child victims were found across the country in Washington, Idaho, Tennessee, and Mississippi. The majority of his victims, prosecutors say, were between 12 and 16 years old.
|Spokane, WA, Gonzaga U.|
Prosecutors say Morgenstern would befriend the child's family, then invite the child to his home, where he had video games, jet skis, a top of the line entertainment system, and more. According to prosecutors he would often drug the child, then sexually assault the child, often filming the encounter. Prosecutors found hundreds of pictures and videos on a computer in Morgenstern's home, most involving himself.
Morgenstern has been in the Spokane County Jail since his arrest, and had his medical license permanently revoked. He could get life in prison if convicted of even one count.