A 27-year-old Centerville, Massachusetts, man has been arrested after police received complaints the man was enticing high school girls to participate in inappropriate photo shoots.
Joel Morris was arrested Jan. 23 after a month-long investigation by Barnstable and Sandwich Police. Evidence indicates Morris distributed Marijuana, Hash Oil and cash to those who posed for him at the business he claims to operate, Diamond Flash Photography.
To communicate with victims, Morris maintained multiple online profiles on Facebook, Snapchat, and Instagram under the names of Joel, Jay, Mackenzie, JoelfromCape and greenlava7. Officials found sexually explicit images distributed through the social media channels.
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Detectives executed a search warrant and found about a pound of Marijuana, more than 200 grams of Hash Oil, $2,000 cash, several computers and photography equipment in Morris' home.
Morris faces charges of Enticing a Child under 16 years of age, Posing a Child for Nude Photographs with Lascivious Intent, and Posession of Child Pornography. He has also been charged with Possession of a Class D Substance with Intent to Distribute and Possession of a Class C Substance With Intent to Distribute.
Morris is being held on $10,000 cash bail. He is scheduled to be arraigned at Barnstable District Court on Jan. 26.
Anyone who may have interacted with Morris or Diamond Flash Photography is encouraged to contact Barnstable Detective Kevin Connolly at 508-958-6522 or Sandwich School Resource Officer Christa Cabral at 774-2746765.