Julie Morris: Primary school deputy headteacher in court accused of rape and other child abuse offences

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A primary school deputy headteacher has appeared in court charged with 18 child sexual abuse offences - including two counts of rape.

Julie Morris, 44, did not enter pleas to the charges when she appeared via video link from HMP Styal at Liverpool Crown Court on Friday.

Her co-accused, David Morris, who is of no relation and the pair are not married, pleaded guilty to 34 offences.

Julie Morris worked at a primary school in Wigan, but the charges are not related to her employment.

The offences took place between 2018 and this year.

She is charged with:

• Nine counts of causing or inciting a child under 13 to engage in sexual activity

• Three counts of taking an indecent photo of a child

• Two counts of rape

• Two counts of engaging in sexual activity in the presence of a child

• One count of possessing indecent photos of a child

• One count of engaging in sexual communication with a child

Julie Morris, of Ancroft Drive, Hindley, could be seen crying during the 30-minute hearing.

David Morris appeared via video link from HMP Altcourse and admitted seven counts of rape.

The 52-year-old, of Sandfield Road, Eccleston, also pleaded guilty to:

• 13 counts of causing or inciting a child under 13 to engage in sexual activity

• Three counts of voyeurism

• Two counts of engaging in sexual activity in the presence of a child

• Two counts of engaging in sexual communications with a child

• Taking indecent images, of categories A, B and C

• Possessing and distributing indecent images, possession of an extreme pornographic image, and possession of a prohibited image of a child

Judge Andrew Menary QC adjourned the case to 22 December, when Julie Morris will be arraigned on the charges and David Morris will be sentenced.

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