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Child porn arrest made: Man was contestant on 'Top Chef'

A Plano man featured last fall on season one of Top Chef's "Just Desserts" was indicted this month for possession of child pornography and is scheduled to appear before a Collin County judge Oct. 27.

Morgan Wilson, 38, was indicted Oct. 6 on three, second-degree felony charges of possession with intent to promote child pornography. Morgan was arrested Dec. 7, 2010 after undercover investigators received several file transfers from Wilson's computer via Limewire in September 2010. The files allegedly contained images and videos of children as young as toddlers engaged in sexual acts.

Information provided by Verizon Internet Services indicated to investigators that the IP address was assigned to Wilson, according to a felony probable cause affidavit obtained from the Plano Police Department.

Wilson was hired as the executive pastry chef at the Ritz Carlton in Dallas in 2007. Wilson's attorney, Roy L. Merrill, declined to comment. Ritz Carlton Director of Human Resources Jim Van Winkle declined to verify Wilson's current employment status at the hotel, but the hotel's website lists Wilson as the executive pastry chef at the hotel's Lobby Lounge.

Plano police officers searched Wilson's residence on Charles Place in west Plano Sept. 27, 2010, where Wilson was shown the three images which had been downloaded by investigators during the remote session. According to the police affidavit, Wilson admitted he had viewed these images and signed and dated the images to indicate the agreement with police. Wilson's Macintosh laptop computer and an external hard drive were then taken from his residence and further reviewed by FBI forensic examiners, according to police.

Morgan was released Dec. 16, 2010 on a $10,000 bond under the stipulation that he have no access to any computer without monitoring software.

Added: Oct-24-2011 Occurred On: Oct-21-2011
By: Zipper10
Regional News
Tags: Top, chef, child, porn, arrested
Location: Plano, Texas, United States (load item map)
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