A former Oklahoma police officer accused of kidnapping a teen girl from Turlock and taking her to a Vegas hotel has entered a not guilty plea to felony kidnapping and sexual seduction charges.
Danniel Boone Morgan II, 30, of McAlester, Oklahoma, entered a not guilty plea Tuesday in Clark County District Court in Nevada to charges of kidnapping and felony statutory sexual seduction charges.
The not guilty plea comes after a Nevada judge ruled there was enough cause to hold Morgan over for trial on the charges after a preliminary hearing.
The accusations against Morgan stem from his relationship with a 15-year-old girl.
In June, Morgan, who was a police officer with the Kiowa Police Department in Oklahoma, traveled to Turlock, where the teen girl was staying with her grandmother. The teen girl is originally from Oklahoma and was visiting relatives in California when Morgan arrived in the state.
The teen left with Morgan and together they traveled to Las Vegas where they checked in to the Treasure Island hotel.
A multi-state search for the pair was launched with law enforcement in Bakersfield, Las Vegas and Oklahoma on the lookout for the officer and the teen. He was spotted at the Las Vegas hotel and engaged in a brief standoff with law enforcement before surrendering himself into custody. The teen girl was found in their shared room.
Investigators believe Morgan and the teen had a sexual relationship that started in Oklahoma.
Morgan is still facing a charge of kidnapping with the purpose to commit robbery/rape in Stanislaus County. He is also facing felony charges in Oklahoma. If convicted on the charges in Nevada he could face a possible life sentence.
Morgan was fired from his position as a police officer with the Kiowa Police Department following his arrest.
Morgan is held on $200,000 bail at the Clark County jail in Las Vegas.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.