Deputy head teacher and partner who filmed themselves raping a young girl are jailed

Julie Morris, 44, and boyfriend David Morris, 52, filmed themselves raping a young girl. (Merseyside Police)

By Jimmy Nsubuga

A deputy head teacher and her partner who filmed themselves raping a young girl have been jailed. Julie Morris, 44, the safeguarding lead at a school in Wigan, and boyfriend David Morris, 52, were jailed on Wednesday after admitting dozens of child sexual abuse offences.

The couple filmed themselves abusing and raping a girl under the age of 13 in a series of videos. Liverpool Crown Court heard the abuse mostly took place between 2018 and 2021 at David Morris’ home in Eccleston, St Helens.

Julie Morris, of Hindley, Wigan, was jailed for 13 years, while David Morris was jailed for 16 years. Both must serve two thirds of the sentence in prison.

At Wednesday’s hearing, Julie Morris pleaded guilty to two counts of rape, nine of inciting child under the age of 13 to engage in sexual activity and two of engaging in sexual activity in the presence of a child. She also admitted three counts of taking indecent images of a child, one of engaging in sexual communication with a child and one of possessing indecent images of a child.

The offences are not related to Julie Morris’s employment at her school, it was heard. David Morris pleaded guilty to 34 offences at an earlier hearing.

Judge Andrew Menary QC told them: “This is one of those cases sadly which demonstrates that human depravity really knows no depths.”

John Wyn Williams, prosecuting, said the couple met on dating app Plenty of Fish in 2016 after both had separated from their partners and the relationship “quickly became intensely sexual”.

He told the court: “The communication between them became graphic and depraved which led to some of their sexual fantasies becoming a reality.”