Documents show how authorities became aware of child porn case

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by MARCUS MOORE

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Posted on August 9, 2012 at 11:32 PM

Updated Friday, Aug 10 at 11:16 AM

JOHNSON COUNTY - Documents obtained by News 8 are shedding new light on just how Johnson County authorities learned of an alleged child pornography case.

Last week, Johnson County sheriff’s deputies arrested Rosalyn Burdett, 40, and Jay Thomas Morgan, 49, in connection with the case.

The documents say a victims' father, now living in Prescott, Kansas, found the disturbing pictures on an external hard drive.

“[He] inadvertently picked up the wrong external hard drive when he was gathering the computer items to leave,” the documents said.

The device was put into storage in February, until June 29, when the father took the device and several other items out of storage. The documents say he didn’t realize the hard drive wasn’t his until finding “…movies and photographs he felt to be illegal.”

The arrest warrant said he also saw pictures of the child victims involved in various sex acts.

He alerted police and the investigation developed from there. Within two days, Burdett and Morgan were arrested and both charged with aggravated sexual assault of children.

"It's bad,” said Lt. Tim Jones with the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office. “We have investigators with 25-to-35 years of experience, and it's probably the worst one any of them has ever seen."

At the center of this disturbing case is Burdett, who police say worked for the government as a supervisor; and Morgan, who is employed in engineering.

Police served search warrants at Burdett’s rural Johnson County home along County Road 526, and at Morgan’s Arlington home in the 900 block of Simi Street. After serving a search warrant, investigators reported finding sexually explicit images of children.

Morgan was arrested at his job, located on South Cooper Street in Arlington.

"I can tell you let your imagination go as deep as you could think, and it would be 100 million times worse than you ever thought of,” Lt. Jones said, when asked about what deputies discovered.

Two of the victims, a seven-year-old boy and a nine-year-old girl, are now in protective custody.

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