Convicted rapist used Skype to urge teen victim to kill herself while he watched
A Montana man serving a prison term for sexually assaulting a 12-year-old is now facing charges that he contacted the victim via Skype while he was out on bail and urged her to kill herself while he watched.
Michael John Morlan, 21, is currently serving seven years in Montana State Prison after being convicted on two felony counts of sexual intercourse with a minor, according to the Billings Gazette.
Last week Morlan was charged with three felonies: aiding or soliciting suicide, intimidation,and tampering with witnesses and informants after his victim, now 16, came forward and said he had contacted her on the on-line video-chat service Skype on Sept. 1, 2013, and urged her to kill herself while he watched.
According to court documents, Morlan told the girl he wanted to watch her kill herself to make sure she did it right. The victim said that when she started crying, Morlan told her to stop wasting his time and get it over with.
In a statement given to police, the victim alleges Morlan pressured her to cut her wrists and take all the anti-depressants she had on hand. According to the victim, as she cut her wrists, Morlan encouraged her to cut deeper.
The victim states that she panicked after taking the pills, disconnected from Skype, and went to her parents for help.
According to authorities, the Skype chat occurred while Morlan was still out on bail.
The victim also stated that Morlan told her that he has people watching her and that a friend of Morlan’s, identified in court documents as B.K., came up to her and told her to “quit telling everyone that Mickey raped you.”
Morlan was originally sentenced to 15 years in prison, with with eight years suspended. He now faces an additional 10 years.