Julie Morris, 44, from Hindley, Wigan pictured, has been charged with aiding and abetting the rape of a girl under the age of 13 and inciting sexual activity with a child. Morris has been suspended by Wigan Council following her arrest.
A deputy head teacher at a primary school has been charged with facilitating the rape of a girl under 13, it emerged yesterday.
Julie Morris, 44, who has worked at St George’s Central Church of England Primary School for around ten years, was remanded in custody when she appeared in court on Monday.
She is charged with aiding and abetting the rape of a girl under 13 and inciting sexual activity with a child, also under 13.
Morris, who is the maths and religious education lead at the school, in Tyldesley near Wigan, has been suspended by Wigan Council.
Police confirmed that Morris from Hindley, near Wigan, had been charged alongside 52-year-old David Morris, of Eccleston, near St Helens, on Merseyside, who is accused of raping the child victim.
He has been charged with three counts of rape of a girl under 13 and inciting a girl under 13 to engage in sexual activity.
Sources told the Mail that David Morris is not Julie Morris’s husband and the pair are not related. The alleged victim is not believed to be a pupil and a spokesman for Merseyside police said the offences were ‘unrelated’ to Julie Morris’s employment.
However, parents of children at the 340-pupil school told of their shock yesterday at hearing that she had been charged with such serious offences.
One, who broke down in tears, said: ‘It is all very upsetting. I don’t want to comment on anyone’s personal life, all I will say is the school has been great for my children. It’s a lovely school and the teachers are brilliant.’
Another parent said: ‘We’d heard rumours over the summer and then we got told she’d been charged. She seemed lovely at school. It’s a shock.’ Parents were informed of the charges in a letter from the head teacher, Mark Grogan.
He said the allegations were ‘distressing’ and ‘will come as a shock for everyone within the school community’.
Morris has been suspended from her role as Deputy Head at St George’s Central Church of England Primary School in Tyldesley, near Wigan following her arrest. Merseyside Police said the chargers were unconnected to Morris’s role at the school
He added: ‘It is important to emphasise the charges in relation to the alleged offences are not connected with our school.’
A spokesman for Merseyside police said: ‘We can confirm that two people have been charged with child sex offences which are alleged to have taken place in Eccleston.
‘David Morris has been charged with three counts of rape of a girl under 13 and causing and inciting a girl under 13 to engage in sexual activity.
‘Julie Morris has been charged with aiding and abetting the rape of a girl under 13 and inciting sexual activity with a child under 13. Julie Morris is employed in the education sector in Wigan.
Morris is due to appear in Liverpool Crown Court on October 4, alongside David Morris, 52, who has been charged with three counts of rape of a girl under 13 and inciting a girl under 13 to engage in sexual activity
‘We are working closely with Greater Manchester Police and Wigan Council to ensure that adequate safeguarding measures are in place. The offences for which she has been charged are not related to her employment in Wigan.’
Both accused were remanded into custody by magistrates in Liverpool on Monday and are due to appear before a judge at Liverpool Crown Court on October 4.
According to her Linkedin page, Julie Morris has a degree in psychology from Lancaster University and also a specialist maths teacher qualification from Edge Hill University, in Ormskirk, also Lancashire.
Source: Daily Mail UK