“I don’t believe your insatiable appetite for boys can be cured. Your wires are permanently twisted. Your conduct has had a profound and lasting deleterious effect. A long sentence is the only way to adequately punish you, protect society from you and deter other potential boy molesters. … You can’t even bring your despicable self to admit your crime. So, you hide behind your phony self-diagnosis of amnesia. Mr. Morales, you are one pathetic human being…a cowardly pervert.”
Judge McGann – Addressing Nathaniel Morales at his sentencing, 8/14/2014.
“Nathaniel Morales was convicted on four counts of sexual abuse and three counts of sexual offense in the Circuit Court for Montgomery County, Maryland on May 15, 2014. He was sentenced to 40 years on August 14, 2014 by Judge Terrence McGann. Morales filed a notice of appeal the next day. Last month [June 2016], the Maryland Court of Special Appeals vacated (i.e. dismissed, set aside, overturned) one judgement and two sentences against him.”
This decision by the Appeals Court removed ten years from Morales’ forty year sentence.
[Note from editor – The following information adds details to Morales’ abusive behavior and was taken from a court document filed in 2016. More on that later.]
In 1979, at age 21, the appellant [Nathaniel Morales] was living in a faith-based group home in the Washington, D.C., area, operated by the New Testament Church (“NTC”). He was working as a minister and “youth mentor” for NTC. D.T. [A victim of Morales] was approximately 12 years old at that time, and also was living in the group home. One evening that year, after D.T. got out of the shower in the bathroom of the group home, the appellant approached him and fondled his genitals.
In 1980, D.T. and other people from the group home, including the appellant, attended a summer retreat at the Peach Orchard Retreat Center in Montgomery County. D.T. became ill during the retreat and remained in the dormitory. The appellant stayed with him. At some point, D.T. “passed out,” but awoke upon being sexually stimulated. Although D.T. could not recall whether the appellant had touched him, he did recall that the appellant’s face was near his genitals when he woke up. Thereafter, D.T. left the group home to live with his mother and siblings.
According to Brother Wayne Pratt (“Brother Wayne”) of the NTC, the appellant was an “ordained worker” who was “very involved in youth activities” and was responsible for running the NTC retreats. At some point in the early 1980s, Pastor Don Spires, NTC’s senior pastor, approached Brother Wayne and asked him to speak with D.T. about allegations of abuse by the appellant. Brother Wayne spoke to D.T., and reported back to Pastor Spires. Thereafter, the appellant was excommunicated from NTC.
After leaving NTC in the early 1980s, the appellant was hired by CLC as a gospel singer and aide in the youth ministry. He began teaching at MCCA in the fall of 1989, and was vice-principal of MCCA from 1990 to 1991.
In 1990, the appellant contacted Brother Wayne and told him that he was teaching at the Montgomery County Covenant Academy (“MCCA”). He invited Brother Wayne to interview for a science teacher position. After the interview, Brother Wayne spoke to the appellant privately and asked him whether he had told the administrators at MCCA about his history of sexually abusing D.T. The appellant replied, “I have told the principal about everything.”
[Note from Editor – Montgomery County Covenant Academy (MCCA) was not a part of Sovereign Grace Ministries but many children from Covenant Life Church attended MCCA after completing Grade School at Covenant Life Elementary School, which was owned and operated by Covenant Life Church. MCCA was lead by Thurlow Switzer, a man reportedly close with both C.J. Mahaney and Larry Tomczak.]
Here is the complete decision by the Appellate Court:
I have heard through a source connected to the Morales case that in case number 2 (123156) Morales was able to get post conviction relief because during the trial the Prosecution mentioned the first trial and Morales’ Public Defender did not object at the time. Records indicate that on May 7, 2021, the entire conviction has been vacated. This means another 10 years has been subtracted from Morales’ sentence, leaving Morales with a sentence of 20 years.
A convict is eligible for parole after 50% of his sentence has been served. Morales was arrested and jailed on October 15, 2012 after a two-year investigation that began October 20, 2009. The time he spent in jail after his arrest, and before his conviction, counts towards his sentence. That means if nothing changes (Morales is not retried), in 8 months Morales may be paroled.
Initially I heard that the victim was not interested in participating in another trial, but in checking the records (see below) a jury trial is scheduled to begin on February 28th and run through March 2. If anyone is interested in attending the trial it will take place at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Courtroom 8D, North Tower. Court starts at 9:30 A.M.