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District Attorney asks for sex from 22 women in exchange for dropping charges against their boyfriends

By Mason White 2:17 PM April 14, 2017
District Attorney Harry J. Morel
District Attorney Harry J. Morel
By: Alexis Bell

(Scroll down for video) A District Attorney betrayed the trust of the public by trading sexual favors in exchange for refraining to prosecute suspects, according to police in Louisiana.

U.S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced that Harry J. Morel, Jr., 73, was sentenced after previously pleading guilty to obstruction of justice in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1512(d)(1).

U.S. District Judge Kurt D. Engelhardt sentenced Morel to 3 years in prison, a $20,000 fine, 1 year of supervised release and a $100 special assessment.

According to the criminal complaint, Morel served as the elected prosecutor of St. Charles Parish, Louisiana.

As District Attorney and as an Assistant District Attorney for St. Charles Parish, Morel was responsible for prosecuting individuals charged with criminal and traffic offenses against the State of Louisiana.

As the District Attorney, Morel had the authority and discretion to, among other things, make bail recommendations, make sentence recommendations and bring, dismiss, forego or reduce charges.

Morel freely admitted that he is guilty of obstruction of justice in that he harassed Individual “A” and attempted to prevent and dissuade Individual “A” from attending or testifying in an official proceeding, i.e., the federal grand jury, by telling Individual “A” to “get rid of” and to “destroy” the evidence of a meeting they had and to deny the inappropriate nature of the meeting to law enforcement officials.

Furthermore, based on Individual “A”‘s representations, Morel believed there would be a federal Grand Jury investigation, and as a result, asked her to conceal information that would have likely led to her being a witness before that body.

Morel also admitted that on other occasions, he solicited sex from other individuals who were defendants or who had family members who were defendants in the St. Charles Parish criminal justice system.

While soliciting sex from these individuals, Morel likewise used the office of the District Attorney to provide benefits to these other individuals, including falsifying community service reports.

One of his victims, Danelle Keim McGovern, died as a result of a drug overdose.

An attorney has filed a lawsuit against Morel on behalf of McGovern, who recorded him asking her for kisses in exchange for help in a driving while impaired charge.