Harrison County deputy charged with engaging in prostitution

CLARKSBURG — A Harrison County deputy has been arrested and charged with engaging in prostitution. 

Sgt. Sam Morrison was arrested Monday morning without incident, according to Harrison County Sheriff Robert Matheny. 

 According to a criminal complaint, Morrison would regularly pick up a prostitute for sex while on duty in his marked cruiser. It happened in January in the Clarksburg area. 

 Matheny said the arrest stems from information the sheriff’s office received  May 8 regarding a separate investigation from Facebook’s parent company, Meta, regarding communications between Morrison that “appeared to indicate criminal activity.”  

“The defendant did knowingly and intentionally engage in illegal acts of prostitution while on duty as a sergeant for the Harrison County Sheriff’s Office on Jan. 7, 2024,” Matheny said during a press conference with reporters Monday. 

 Deputies interviewed the prostitute who told authorities Morrison picked her up in exchange for money. 

 “The source of information reported that (she) and Sam Morrison would regularly meet for sex while he was on duty, and he would pay her. The source of information stated that she would not have had sex with Sam Morrison if she wasn’t being paid for the service,” Matheny said. 

 Morrison was on scheduled vacation during the time of his arrest Monday. He was arraigned and then released on a personal recognizance bond. 

 Morrison was placed on leave without pay pending termination.