By Michael Vadon , CNN Written by
According to the arrest affidavit, Barry Morphew took the photo in his car in order to get a good picture, giving him time to give the suspect a cigarette “and thus prove to the evidentiary value of the photograph that Morphew did, in fact, commit the crime.”
The U.S. Marshals Service and the Montana Department of Justice say Morphew turned the photo over to the authorities in July 2016, when he was working as a police officer for Park City, Arizona, and “turned over an additional two photographs and two stacks of booklets with information from the Arizona statute of limitations to the Montana State Police.”
On February 21, prosecutors filed charges of human trafficking, sexual assault, and theft.
The affidavit says that the photos were taken in Montana, but is uncertain where the driver is.
According to an FBI search warrant obtained by CNN , Morphew’s phone’s location “was determined to be about 25 miles north of Park City, Montana.”
Lawrence County Attorney Robert Swenson didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment.
Morphew told his former employer in July that he needed to travel, then went back to work, the affidavit says.
His former employer obtained a court order to search his computer in October and discovered the allegations that would later lead to his arrest.
The county attorney initially charged Morphew with assisting a convicted sex offender with his placement on the sex offender registry. But that charge was dismissed on January 28, court records show.
Morphew is currently being held at a facility in that state on $10,000 bond.
He faces a possible life sentence, the affidavit says.
CNN affiliate KOMO reports that Morphew has been transferred to Washington state on unrelated charges.