Additional Victims Sought
Apple Valley, CA – Just weeks before a sexual assault case involving a podiatrist was set to go to civil trial, two additional victims were identified.
The first lawsuit involves Ocie Burns, who was 65-years-old when the lawsuit was filed in March of 2018. On June 20, 2017, Ms. Burns had a podiatry appointment with Dr. Norris Morrison at his office in Apple Valley. During the treatment, Dr. Morrison tried to look up her dress, got an erection while putting lotion on her calves, made a comment about her body, then tried to touch her genitals. Ms. Burns quickly left the office then later came back and confronted Dr. Morrison about his actions. Dr. Morrison asked for forgiveness, blamed his actions on not having sex with his wife for 90 days, and pleaded with her to not have his license taken away.
Ms. Burns subsequently reported the incident to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department. Dr. Morrison evaded attempts by deputies to interview him then eventually told them he had a lawyer and would not talk to them.
While preparing for the civil trial, which is being postponed due to COVID-19, two additional victims were discovered that experienced similar incidents with Dr. Morrison. Glynesha Furgerson – age 29, was sexually assaulted and threatened by Dr. Morrison in August of 2019. While attempting to receive treatment, he told her to bend over, touched her buttocks, and unbuttoned her pants from behind; she immediately stood upright in an effort to pull away. Dr. Morrison then stood in front of Ms. Furgerson, pulled her pants away from her waist, made lewd comments, then attempted to look down her pants. He made threatening comments telling her not to tell anyone, specifically her mom (who was also a patient), and anyone in Apple Valley. He also told her, “I know your kids.” Dr. Morrison proceeded to force himself on her, attempting to kiss her and put his tongue in her mouth. He then exposed his penis then pulled her head down until her lips touched it. Ms. Furgerson was terrified of being raped and resisted even more, both physically and verbally, causing Dr. Morrison to storm out of the office. Ms. Furgerson left the office, went to the hospital for an exam and treatment, filed a police report, and attempted to obtain a restraining order.
The second lawsuit for Ms. Furgerson was filed on April 2, 2020. It was discovered that the attorney representing Dr. Morrison had prior knowledge of the police report and allegations brought forth by Ms. Furgerson. The attorney has yet to respond to the lawsuit since being notified of the new allegations by The Law Offices of Pelayes & Yu, nearly three weeks ago.
The third victim was also sexually assaulted by Dr. Morrison during an appointment last year; a formal interview is pending.
“Dr. Morrison is a sexual predator that has no business operating as a medical professional. As a seasoned Detective who has worked numerous cases like this, I am confident that he has preyed on other women.”Attorney Tristan Pelayes
Based on the evidence, there is a belief that there may be other victims who have yet to come forward. If you have been a victim of or witness to these allegations, please contact the Law Offices of Pelayes & Yu at 844.998.1033 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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