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Morgenstern takes the stand in federal court hearing Wednesday

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Morgenstern says he was watching a movie and gave a boy hot chocolate with cinnamon in it on the night in question. Morgenstern says he was watching a movie and gave a boy hot chocolate with cinnamon in it on the night in question.
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Former Spokane VA doctor Craig Morgenstern was in Federal Court Wednesday morning as his child rape case makes its way through the legal system.

Morgenstern is currently being charged with nine counts related to sex crimes against children. The former doctor was first arrested October 20th, 2014 after a 13-year-old boy said he woke up to being sexually abused at the doctor's Nine Mile Falls home, and ran off to find help. Prosecutors believe that incident was just one of many involving Morgenstern and kids. They believe that dating back to at least 2008 he took four children from Spokane to Hayden, Idaho, where he sexually abused them, made films, and mailed the pornography.

Previous Coverage: VA Hospital physician arrested on child rape charge

On Wednesday, a judge considered considered four motions by the defense. The first was a motion by Morgenstern's defense to have a copy of the discovery of the search warrants. The judge denied that request.

The second motion was a request by the defense to move Morgenstern's case out of Spokane. The defense argued there was too much media coverage and Morgenstern would not be afforded a fair trial. The judge turned down that request.

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The third motion was a request from the defense to get back Morgenstern's property that isn't part of the investigation. The judge turned down that request, saying it was too vague.

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The fourth motion was a request by the defense to suppress evidence that was discovered by law enforcement while conducting search warrants at Morgenstern's home. The defense argued that Morgenstern didn't understand his rights, was tired and confused, and therefore any additional evidence found should not be used. The judge is expected to rule on that motion this week.

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Morgenstern was actually on the stand answering questions from both the defense and prosecutors Wednesday. He discussed the incident Oct. 20 when the 13-year-old boy ran from his home. Morgenstern said he was frantically searching for the boy because he thought the boy had been sleepwalking. He said the boy was asleep in a bed, and Morgenstern left for a short time, then when he returned the boy was gone. He said he was worried about the boy, as the boy had no reason to be out of the home.

Prosecutors paint a very different picture. They say Morgenstern put sedatives in hot chocolate and knocked the boy out. While he was out, they say Morgenstern sexually abused him. They say the boy woke up in the middle of everything and ran from the home in great fear, finding help at a neighbor's home. On the stand Wednesday, Morgenstern says he was watching movies with the boy, made him hot chocolate and put only cinnamon in it.

Prosecutors: VA Doctor likely producing child pornography since 2008

Morgenstern, now 46, is in custody at the Spokane County Jail awaiting a scheduled February trial date.

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