Tampa, Florida -- Authorities say the 26-year-old man accused of sexually battering a 70-year-old woman admitted to the crime and today he learned he'll stay in jail while he awaits trial. Meanwhile, his mother spoke to reporters and apologized for her son's alleged actions.
"In my heart of hearts I don't want to believe he did it, but DNA doesn't lie," said the mother of 26-year-old Demetreius Morris.
Morris stood before a closed circuit TV with the word "Inmate" plastered across his chest and listened as a judge told him he was a danger to the community.
Police say Morris attacked an elderly woman at the Living Word Fellowship Church in Tampa on the morning of Oct. 19. He has been charged with sexual battery, kidnapping, lewd and lascivious battery on an elderly person, lewd and lascivious molestation of an elderly person.
His mother Anise is disturbed and saddened by her son's arrest.
"If they have his DNA and they say they do, even in the 10-year-old incident, once they have your DNA, they have your DNA. And that's the bottom line," she said.
The 10-year-old incident she's referring to is the 2003 arrest of Morris for molesting a 7-year-old girl. Morris pleaded not guilty and was allowed to enter into a diversion program for young, first-time offenders. The judge dismissed the entire case.
As 10 News first reported last night, Morris' past came as a surprise to neighbors.
"If I would have known he messed with such a young girl, I probably would have never took my kids over there," said one distraught woman.
Meantime Morris' mother is apologizing for her son's action.
"I never met this lady, but she's an elderly lady. I hope to reach her age one day and I wouldn't want nobody that I told 'no' to to come and attack me. As Demetreius' mother I am so sorry to the victim of what happened."
His mother also told 10 News she hopes her son will not have to spend the rest of his life behind bars. At least for now he will, as he awaits trial.