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Former 'Top Chef Just Desserts' Contestant Indicted on Child Pornography Charges

by Maggie Furlong, posted Oct 20th 2011 8:05PM
Morgan Wilson, 'Top Chef Just Desserts'From TV pastry chef to child pornographer?

Reality TV has had its fair share of villains, but when the bad behavior happens off camera, it's still a bit of a shock -- especially in the case of 'Top Chef Just Desserts' Season 1 finalist Morgan Wilson, who was indicted on three second-degree felony charges of possession with the intent to promote child pornography.

Wilson, 38, was arrested on Dec. 7, 2010 -- less than a month after the 'Just Desserts' finale episode aired -- when undercover investigators received file transfers from him via Limewire on his computer in September 2010. The file transfers allegedly contained images and videos of children as young as toddlers engaged in sexual acts, according to Pegasus News.

Fans of the Bravo show will remember that Wilson (whose bio is still live on Bravo's site), who lives in Plano, a suburb of Dallas, Texas, was known for getting emotional when talking about his young son in confessionals throughout the season of 'Just Desserts.'

Plano police officers searched Wilson's residence on Sept. 27, 2010; at that time, Wilson was shown three images that had been sent from his IP address and downloaded by investigators. According to the police affidavit, Wilson admitted he had viewed these images, and signed and dated the images to indicate the agreement with police. Wilson's laptop computer and an external hard drive were then taken from his residence and further reviewed by FBI forensic examiners, according to police.

Wilson was released Dec. 16, 2010, on a $10,000 bond under the stipulation that he would not have access to any computer without monitoring software.

The executive pastry chef at Dallas' Ritz-Carlton Hotel Lobby Lounge since 2007, the hotel's Web site just removed Wilson's name from the site; their Director of Human Resources Jim Van Winkle had previously declined to verify Wilson's current employment status at the hotel.

In a sad but ironic look back, this Bravo video from the Season 1 finale shows Wilson praising winner Yigit Pura for being a "very good human being" on top of being a wonderful pastry chef.

And this clip -- titled "The Two Sides of Morgan" -- shows him goofing off and playing pool with several competitors, while some other fellow chefs talked about him being a "douchebag" who they don't respect.

'Top Chef: Just Desserts' - The Two Sides of Morgan


What do you say: Is this the worst case of reality TV stars gone bad?

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jimsobie

Why are there so many reports about adults harming little ones this way? What is wrong with our society that we are not putting these types away for life or just putting them down? They are the worst of the worst and I have no pity on them for anything. In all walks of life you can find this type of degenerate. Are our law makers perverts too? If not, why do they not make this crime against our most precious a more serious crime.?

November 01 2011 at 8:20 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
PatrickLA

Why was he investigated to begin with? What would spark such an investigation? My concern is not what people are watching in PRIVACY but who is WATCHING US!! Yea, it is wrong and terrible what Morgan did but this article doesn't give us enough information!

October 28 2011 at 10:01 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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rutsmn

Patrick, the welfare of children is more important than my privacy, especially if I have nothing to hide.

November 01 2011 at 2:03 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
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tpm

So true, "rutsmn" ... as we've also nothing to hide, when it comes to the protection of the innocent we certainly do not mind if authorities are monitoring what we speak, hear, purchase, read, write, watch, etc. Our society requires a WHOLE lot more of it to protect our children and all victims who are preyed upon, not to mention monitoring suspected terrorists. Sad, yes, but necessary.....

November 01 2011 at 4:32 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down
Lori

I "like" how PatrickLA "likes" all of his own comments. Does getting "thumbs up" on your comments make YOU feel like others agree with you? You're the only one that agrees with your strange comments defending this child molester so live with it--you're not fooling anyone. I'm a bit worried that you would go to such great lengths to defend this guys behavior.

November 01 2011 at 5:36 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
smcmahon1949

anyone involved with child porn is scum in my book and needs alot of help get to a psychiatrist and stay far far away from all children mothers beware they dont change i know my husband was one

October 27 2011 at 8:03 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
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PatrickLA

so u r perfect???

October 28 2011 at 10:02 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
annew79

Its so discusting

October 26 2011 at 12:50 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
suzlefaivre

ICK!!! Get rid of "Top Chef - Just Desserts"... SOrry Gail, It really sucks!!!!!

October 25 2011 at 11:16 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
danielandrewdavi

Wall St Billionaire Jeffrey Epstein used girls as young as 12 for sex and to MAKE his OWN child porn!

Esptein got probation and has been harassing his victims with lawsuits. I guess the wealthy can do whatever they want

October 25 2011 at 4:04 PM Report abuse +4 rate up rate down Reply
gjohn15646

He wasn't a reality person that went bad ,,he was bad to begin with. I wonder if he molested his own child.
What is so much more disgusting is child porn with babies, where in god's green earth do they get children this young??? Do the parents give them up to these pedophiles ?
10,000 dollars was not enough bail. He would be the first one that I would house with rapist in jail

October 25 2011 at 1:23 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
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PatrickLA

for viewing images?

October 28 2011 at 10:03 AM Report abuse -3 rate up rate down Reply
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alnadean

Sounds like you have a few issues PatricLA, you might want to get serious help before you too are busted.
Anyone who views child porn is sick, and it's only opportunity that prevents them from committing the actual crime, but they will eventually.
When you allow yourself to indulge in these kinds of fantasies, when the right opportunity presents itself, logic goes out the window. I mean haven't you seen the show on NBC - the Sting operation where they catch pedophiles???
All sick people who will travel by bus if they have to to indulge their sick desires.
What is privacy if children are hurt in the process.
Who the heck wants to see children engaged in a sexual act -- only a sub human in my opinion. No normal human being derives pleasure from that.

So, you may think 'it's only images' well I suggest you stop the habit and get help, otherwise you too will be carted off to jail where you belong. We will think of you exactly what we think of these other perverts. Only a sick person defends someone who looks at child porn

November 01 2011 at 2:36 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down
Capricorn2aT

Nice job Tim.

October 25 2011 at 12:11 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
nybaby40

I could care less that he disgraced his life forever, I do feel sorry for his family but to me this is one deep down sick individual that I am glad got caught! The thing with the show is all acting.

October 24 2011 at 10:05 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
Greg

How old are the chefs in this video? They act like they're fourteen.

October 24 2011 at 9:09 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

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