The case of a Bloomfield woman arrested in mid-June was first set for an initial hearing in late June. The date of the initial hearing has been rescheduled twice, but last Friday morning, she appeared in Greene Circuit Court and was formally charged with two counts of child seduction, one a Level 5 felony and the other a level 6 felony.
Morgan Mackenzie Judy, 23, of Bloomfield, is accused of inappropriate sexual behavior with a 17-year-old male Bloomfield student on May 6. Judy had served as a cheerleading coach in one local school and she had worked full-time as a substitute teacher in another local school during the last school year.
The incident was investigated by Indiana State Police Detective Brad Stille.
Greene County Prosecutor Jarrod Holtsclaw filed the criminal case against Judy on June 15 in Greene Circuit Court and a warrant was issued for her arrest.
Judy was taken into custody and booked in to the Greene County Jail around 5 p.m. the same day.
Her bond was set at $14,000 surety with ten percent cash allowed. She posted $1,400 cash and was released.
She was then scheduled to appear in court for her initial hearing on Thursday, June 28. But Greene Circuit Judge Erik Allen stepped away from the case, and the date of the hearing was vacated pending the appointment of a Special Judge.
Lawrence County Superior Court Judge William Sleva was then appointed on June 21 to preside over the case and a new date for the initial hearing was set for Friday, August 17.
Court records show the defendant appeared on that date along with her attorney and Chief Deputy Prosecutor Keven McIntosh but Judge Sleva reset the initial hearing for Friday, August 24.
So last Friday, the initial hearing was conducted in Circuit Court with Judge Sleva on the bench and Judy was formally charged with two counts:
- Child seduction – a child care worker in sexual intercourse or other sexual conduct with a child 16-17 years old, a Level 5 felony, and
- Child seduction – a child care worker engages in fondling or touching with a child 16-17 years old, a Level 6 felony.
The State was represented by Greene County Prosecutor Jarrod Holtsclaw. Judy was represented by her Defense Attorney Joseph Lozano of Shapiro & Lozano in Bloomington.
The defense has requested a jury trial. No trial date has been set but a pre-trial conference is currently scheduled in mid-October.