Primary school teacher, 44, in court over alleged rape of 13-year-old girl

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

Julie Morris, 44, did not enter pleas to the charges during a video link appearance at Liverpool Crown Court today.

She was speaking from HMP Styal, a women's and young offenders prison in Cheshire.

The charges are not related to her employment at a Wigan primary school.

Her co-accused, David Morris – no relation – is charged with 34 offences.

He appeared via video link from HMP Altcourse and admitted seven counts of rape, 13 counts of causing or inciting a child under 13 to engage in sexual activity and two counts of engaging in sexual activity in the presence of a child.

Julie Morris is charged with nine counts of causing or inciting a child under 13 to engage in sexual activity, two counts of rape, three counts of indecent photos of a child, one count of possessing indecent photos of a child, one count of engaging in sexual communication with a child and two counts of engaging in sexual activity in the presence of a child.

David Morris, 52, also pleaded guilty to taking indecent images, possessing and distributing indecent images, two counts of engaging in sexual communications with a child, three counts of voyeurism, possession of an extreme pornographic image and possession of a prohibited image of a child.

The alleged offences took place between 2018 and this year.

Morris could be seen crying during the hearing, which lasted about 30 minutes.

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

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