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Mother of FBI witness in Morel case files DOJ complaint

Harry Morel and attorney Ralph Capitelli (FOX 8 Photo) Harry Morel and attorney Ralph Capitelli (FOX 8 Photo)
DESTREHAN, LA (WVUE) -

The mother of a St Charles Parish woman who died while cooperating with the FBI has filed a complaint with the U.S. Justice Department about the handling of the case against former longtime District Attorney Harry Morel.

Tammy Glover is speaking out after the St Charles Parish Sheriff's Office released new video and a PowerPoint presentation by an FBI agent who worked the case.

Danelle Keim, who was a mother of a young son, went to the FBI after she said the Morel forced himself on her. On FBI  surveillance video, Morel tells Keim, "I'm an important guy...then I need to order you to kiss me!" Keim responds, "Order me?'

Glover still wants justice.

"I don't understand this, all this evidence they had, how did you get away with it?" she asked.

Keim cooperated fully with the FBI in an undercover investigation of Morel that lasted nearly four years. During that time, Morel helped her negotiate a deal instead of jail on a DUI charge.

"I talked to the guy and we will work something out on your community service," Morel says on one audio tape.

Keim cooperated with the FBI on nearly 40 audio recordings and at least two videos.

Glover said her daughter came to her shortly after going to the FBI, and Glover said she was worried about her daughter.

"She looked at me and said, 'Mama, I have to do this.' And I said, 'Be careful,'" said Glover.

An 85-page FBI PowerPoint presentation obtained by FOX 8 shows others were allegedly solicited or had sex with Morel. Page 68 says Morel allegedly grabbed "witness 6" and forced her to have sex.

Page 82 says "witness 20" did not go to his camp in Mississippi at his request, and she was later convicted.

"How could you get away with that?" asked Glover

Glover said she's met with several other victims who aren't as brave as her daughter.

"I have. They are afraid," she said.

Keim died of a drug overdose the day after a story on her role in the Morel investigation was published.

"That's not a coincidence," said Glover.

Keim's mother blames questionable associations between a prosecutor and a defense attorney for the case dragging on for so long. Now, with no sex charges filed against Morel, she said she has filed a complaint with the U.S. Justice Department.

"To me he had a dynasty, and in dynasty, there's nasty," Glover said.

Glover still misses her daughter.

"She loved to sing and dance, was athletic and a drama queen," Glover said.

When Morel pleaded guilty to obstruction for destroying video evidence in the Keim case, he admitted to "soliciting sex from other individuals."

Glover wonders if Morel will ever face additional charges.

Morel's attorney Ralph Capitelli, said three U.S. attorneys decided not to pursue those charges, adding, "There's no sexual offense on the video. He's wrong, but there's no crime."

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