Convicted child murderer arrested for rape in Parker County

- A Parker County man who was recently released from prison after killing his girlfriend’s 3-year-old son was arrested again for allegedly raping a woman over the weekend.

Sheriff’s deputies arrested John Robert Morton, 52, on Saturday in Weatherford. He is charged with second-degree felony sexual assault.

The victim said she and Morton are acquaintances and he offered to give her a ride home from work. He allegedly took her to his girlfriend’s home and made sexual advances toward her. Even though she declined, the victim said Morton physically forced her into a bedroom and forced himself on her.

Morton got out of prison late last year after he got out on parole, serving a little more than 30 years. He was convicted of murder in 1984 and sentenced to 99 years for the death of 3-year-old Charles Christopher Burns.

The Parker County Sheriff’s Office said Burns died from a massive brain injury resulting from blunt force trauma. At the time, Morton admitted causing the child’s injuries, including 17 bite marks and bruises across his body.

During the trial, an expert witness testified that one of the bite marks was “sadistic” and intentionally inflicted to cause pain.

Mac Smith was the Parker County District Attorney back then. He prosecuted Morton's case. Smith said the jury also heard Morton try to blame the child for what he did.

“When the jury heard that, they were concerned that it was a case that was extremely serious, extremely brutal. So they needed to take appropriate action,” Smith said. “I can't tell you why the parole board did what they did assume they felt like it was justified. I'm not going to try to grade their papers from that standpoint. It's just really unfortunate.”

Former Parker County District Attorney Amy Adams, who prosecuted the case, wrote a letter in 1999 to try to keep Morton from being released on parole.

“Based on the brutality and obvious suffering of the child victim, society demands protection from this man. The possibility of future victims must be weighed against his right of release on parole,” she wrote.

Morton is now being held in the Parker County jail. His bond was set at $50,000, but Sheriff Larry Fowler said that amount could be revoked after a parole warrant hearing.

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