Child rapist shakes his head as judge jails him for sick attacks on girl

Anthony Morrissey
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A window cleaner showed a girl adult films on Pornhub then raped her.

Anthony Morrissey subjected the youngster to a catalogue of sexual abuse then told her to "keep everything secret". He shook his head as he was jailed for his sickening crimes today.

Liverpool Crown Court heard this afternoon, Tuesday, that the 69-year-old, of St Oswald's Street in Old Swan, began his campaign of grooming by showing the primary school aged victim "scenes of sexual activity between adults" on his Amazon Kindle. His offending then "progressed" with him sitting in a swivel chair carrying out a sex act in her presence.

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Steven Swift, prosecuting, described how Morrissey went on to instruct her to perform sex acts upon him. The pensioner then orally raped her before telling her: "That was the best."

His vile behaviour was eventually exposed after the girl's mum discovered she had been attempting to access Pornhub on her phone, having been "introduced" to the website by the defendant. Morrisey has no previous convictions.

One woman walked out of the courtroom after he waved to her when he first entered the dock wearing a grey prison issue jumper. Rebecca Smith, defending, said her client had been "held in high regard" by friends and family members who had penned references on his behalf and added: "For a man of 69 years of age, any term of imprisonment is going to have a dramatic and drastic effect on him.

"He understands the implications of a lengthy sentence and that he will have to serve two thirds of that sentence. He knows that the later years of his life are going to be curtailed because of his conviction.

"I simply ask that your lordship does not extinguish any light. His family are devastated and sit with him in support."

Morrissey was found guilty of rape, inciting a child to engage in sexual activity, engaging in sexual activity in the presence of a child and causing a child to watch sexual activity by a jury - five of who returned for today's hearing - following a trial last month. He stood shaking his head as he was handed 13 years behind bars plus an additional year on licence. He again waved to his supporters in the public gallery as he was led down to the cells.

Sentencing, the Honorary Recorder of Liverpool Judge Andrew Menary KC said: "She was obviously telling the truth about everything that happened, including the fact that you told her to keep everything secret or you would get into trouble. She is a delightful and bright little girl who did not know the enormity of the abuse.

"It is impossible to know the long term impact of the abuse on her. I have no doubt, sadly, that there will be a significant impact on her, perhaps lasting for many years to come.

"You have children and grandchildren of your own, and your conviction and inevitable prison sentence will make those relationships much more difficult. You have worked for all of your adult life, most recently as a window cleaner.

"You have no previous convictions, and this will be your first prison sentence. Members of your family speak of your positive qualities and of utter disbelief at your offences."

Morrissey was also handed an indefinite sexual harm prevention order. He will be required to sign the sex offenders' register for life.

Detective Constable Leanne Rodgers said following his sentencing: "Thanks to the bravery and determination of the victim and her family, we were able to carry out a complex investigation that led to Morrissey being put before the courts. Despite denying the allegations, Morrissey was found guilty of his utterly appalling and depraved actions and he will now spend a significant amount of time in prison.

"A court heard how Morrissey exploited the trust of a child to sexually abuse her. As you can imagine for victims of such appalling crimes, the impact on them is significant and long lasting.

"I hope this sentence provides some comfort to the child and her family."

Detective Inspector Daniel McWhinnie added: "We are completely committed to protecting children from sexual abuse and those who seek to do them harm. If you have experienced any form of sexual abuse, or know of a child being abused, please come forward and report this to police.

"We take all such reports extremely seriously, and if you can find the courage to come forward and speak to us we have specially trained officers who will treat you with sensitivity and compassion."

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