Clear Lake man facing life prison term on sexual abuse charges pleads not guilty

first_imgCLEAR LAKE — A Clear Lake man facing the rest of his life in prison after being accused of sexual abuse has pleaded not guilty to charges.  40-year-old Edric Morris was arrested on February 14th on one count of third-degree sexual abuse and one count of lascivious acts with a child. Authorities say both charges are Class A felonies since both are second or subsequent violations. The charges stem from a complaint received in late January of this year involving a child under the age of 14.  Morris filed a written plea of not guilty to the charges last week in Cerro Gordo County District Court, with his trial scheduled to start on May 5th.last_img