Top Chef’s Morgan arrested, indicted for child pornography

Top Chef Just Desserts season one cast member Morgan Wilson was indicted earlier this month on three second-degree felony counts related to possession of child pornography, which he was arrested for last year.

The disturbing details, according to The Plano Star-Courier’s report (via B-Side Blog):

“Morgan Wilson, 38, was indicted Oct. 6 on three, second-degree felony charges of possession with intent to promote child pornography. Morgan was arrested Dec. 7, 2010 after undercover investigators received several file transfers from Wilson’s computer via Limewire in September 2010. The files allegedly contained images and videos of children as young as toddlers engaged in sexual acts.

…Plano police officers searched Wilson’s residence on Charles Place in west Plano Sept. 27, 2010, where Wilson was shown the three images which had been downloaded by investigators during the remote session. According to the police affidavit, Wilson admitted he had viewed these images and signed and dated the images to indicate the agreement with police.”

Morgan, who talked about his then 7-year-old son frequently on the show, was listed as the executive pastry chef at the Lobby Lounge at the Ritz-Carlton in Dallas, which wouldn’t confirm to the paper that he worked there; they have since removed his bio from their web site.

Besides what he’s accused of, it’s incredible that all of this went down a year ago, when the show was actually airing. Morgan was the bully on the show who made it to the final three, during which he made violent and homophobic comments toward his fellow competitors.

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