Suspect Fights for Castration 30-Year-Old Still Wants Procedure, but Can't Get out of Jail

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Byline: James Kimberly Daily Herald Staff Writer

A Schaumburg man remains steadfast in his decision to be surgically castrated in order to reduce a potential prison sentence should he be convicted of molesting two Fox Valley girls, his attorney said Wednesday.

But winning mercy from the court might be the least of the challenges facing 30-year-old Jeffrey Morse. It could easily be argued that such surgery would show a high level of remorse.

But before defense attorney Paul Wharton could ever make that argument, Morse must find a way to win his release from the Kane County jail. Then he must find a physician willing to perform the surgery for little or no compensation.

Still, Morse is committed to pursuing his unusual request.

"He's more firmly committed in this endeavor than ever," Wharton said.

Morse is accused of pointing a realistic-looking toy gun at and molesting a 12-year-old Algonquin girl as she walked to school on Sept. 9, 1996. He was arrested March 11 after police say he tried to molest a 10-year-old St. Charles girl.

If convicted of the crimes, Morse faces a potential 60 years in prison. St. Charles police said Morse confessed to both assaults.

Last month, Morse offered to have himself surgically castrated if a judge would consider it a reason for a lesser prison sentence. Kane County Judge Donald Hudson, however, said he would not play "Let's Make a Deal" with Morse. …