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Former Las Vegas Academy teacher accused of sexual misconduct with student

Posted at 12:01 PM, Sep 10, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-11 12:19:33-04

A former Las Vegas Academy teacher has been arrested for a warrant regarding sexual misconduct with a student.

In January, a student told a college counselor that in the 2016-2017 school year that there was a sexual encounter with theater teacher John Morris. The counselor then informed Clark County School District police. 

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The 56-year-old Morris was assigned to home that same month due to the allegation and later retired in May. He first joined CCSD in February 1990. 

CCSD police submitted a warrant to the District Attorney's Office in January but the warrant was not issued until Sept. 5. Morris was pulled over for a traffic violation on Sept. 9 and arrested on that warrant.

He faces a charge of engaging in sex with a pupil between 16 and 17 years old. Morris has since bailed out of jail. 

13 Action News is working to get in touch with Morris for comment.  It is unclear who is representing Morris in court.

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"Communication with teens is already difficult enough especially with something traumatic," she said.

She has this advice for making sure your teenager feels comfortable to talk with you about any topic.

"Be patient, be vigilant," she said, "forcing a child or an adolescent to communicate when they're not ready to will actually make them turn away."