Former Muskegon Co. teacher accused of sexual assaults

Muskegon County
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MUSKEGON, Mich. (WOOD) — Six more people have accused a former teacher in the Reeths-Puffer school district of sexually assaulting them.

Morgan Tatrow, 80, was accused of molesting two family members when they were 10 and 12 years old between 2008 and 2010. In the last couple weeks, six more people have come forward and said Tatrow sexually assaulted them, Delta County Prosecutor Brett Gardner said.

Gardner didn’t specify when the additional alleged incidents occurred. Prosecutors from Delta and Muskegon counties will be meeting with the alleged victims for interviews in Muskegon County.

Tatrow was previously charged in connection to the allegations of molesting family members, but plea negotiations with the former prosecutor’s office led to a felony case being dismissed and replaced with a misdemeanor case.

When Gardner, who retired in 2013 after serving as the chief assistant prosecutor in Muskegon County, learned of the situation after taking office, he dismissed the misdemeanor case because he felt the charge wasn’t severe enough given the allegations.

After reviewing the case, Gardner contacted Muskegon County Prosecutor D.J. Hilson with concerns that former students of Tatrow’s may have been victimized before he retired. Hilson said statements the suspect made led authorities to share Tatrow’s concern.

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