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Spokane doctor accused of child rape waives right to bail hearing

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Dr. Craig Morgenstern waived his right to a bail hearing on Thursday Dr. Craig Morgenstern waived his right to a bail hearing on Thursday
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SPOKANE, Wash.- The Stevens County man accused of raping a 13-year-old declined his right to a detention hearing in federal court Thursday. As the hearing began, when Morgenstern could have potentially been released on bail, the former V.A. doctor and his attorney stepped up to the lectern and announced Morgenstern was waiving his right to the hearing.

“It was just a prudent decision at this time,” Chris Phelps, his attorney said. As of Thursday afternoon, Morgenstern's next hearing in federal court had not been scheduled. He is scheduled to appear in Stevens County Superior Court next month on charges of 2nd Degree Rape, 2nd Degree Rape of a Child, and Possession of Depictions of a Minor Engaged in Sexually Explicit Conduct.

Morgenstern would face multiple life sentences if convicted.


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Dr. Craig Morgenstern made a second appearance in front of a federal judge on Thursday after being arrested by US Marshals on charges of Possession of Child Pornography and Interstate Transportation of a Minor for Aggravated Sexual Abuse last week. Morgenstern waived his right to a bail hearing and was remanded in US Marshal custody. According to court documents, Morgenstern brought an 11-year-old from Washington to Idaho where he performed a sex act with the child. The documents said the boy in this incident was the same as the boy from his child rape charge in Stevens County. The Interstate Transportation of a Minor for Aggravated Sexual Abuse could carry a sentence of 30 years to life if Morgenstern is convicted.

Morgenstern was arrested on the federal charges just as he was attempting to bail out of the Stevens County Jail for a second time last week for Child Rape and Possession of Child Pornography. 

The investigation into Morgenstern continues both on a local and federal level, but for the time being, he will stay in the custody of the US Marshals. 

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