Clown Accused of Child Porn Back in Court

A professional clown who pleaded not guilty plea to child pornography charges will find out in February when his jury trial will take place.

Thomas Morgan, aka ‘Sondance the Clown,’ made a mandatory appearance in court Wednesday morning and pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Just minutes before Morgan was called to the stand to enter that plea, he slipped 5NEWS a note, which was immediately taken by his attorney, Patrick Flake.

“This attorney had no idea what that note said,” said Lynn Lisk, an associate law professor, at the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith. “You’re with the media. Sondance handed you this note. The attorney doesn’t know what’s in it. He doesn’t want his client talking to the media without him vetting those communications before hand.”

As for what was written in that note, that’s a message that will never be known.

“Defense attorneys representing criminal clients, especially in high profile cases, are very, very, very protective of how when and where their clients talk to the media,” Lisk said.

Lisk continued on to say that the lawyer’s reaction could be why Morgan has remained silent since his arrest.

“They do want to proclaim loudly to the world that I didn’t do anything,” Lisk said. “It may be that that’s all that note said. You know was ‘Hey, I didn’t do this’. But we don’t know what the note said.”

A judge ordered Morgan to be back in court in February to find out when his jury  trial date will be. Until then, Morgan is out on bond.

Morgan was arrested back in June on charges of distributing, possessing, or viewing child porn when an online investigation led the Fort Smith Police Department to his home in the 500 block of S. 20th.

Police seized several items of digital media containing child pornography.

Click here to read more about the case.

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