Witness’ health delays ex-Colfax snowboard coach trial

‘Jack’ Morgan slated to be in court Nov. 7 on sex abuse charges
By: Jon Schultz, Journal Staff Writer
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Trial assignment for Belden “Jack” Morgan, a former Colfax snowboard coach and teacher, has been postponed until November because of the health of a witness, said Matthew Bishop, Morgan’s attorney. Morgan, facing felony sex-abuse charges, had been scheduled to appear in Placer County Superior Court on Friday, but the judge granted a continuance requested by the defense because a witness was unavailable due to the development of a “very severe medical condition,” Bishop told the Journal. His next court appearance is slated for 8:30 a.m. on Nov. 7 in Dept. 43 at Placer County Superior Court. Morgan, 70, of Auburn, remains in custody at the Placer County Jail with bail set at $1 million. In June, he entered a not guilty plea on all counts of continuous sexual abuse of a child. If convicted, Morgan could face up to 15 years in prison. Placer County Sheriff’s deputies arrested Morgan on Feb. 9 at his home in Christian Valley. He last taught at Colfax High School in 2004 and retired from coaching the snowboard team in March 2011, but continued to serve as the Central II District Coordinator for the California Nevada Interscholastic Ski and Snowboard Federation.