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Paedophile jailed for sex offences against girls as young as 9

Written by on 20/11/2020

A Doncaster man responsible for a catalogue of sex offences against girls as young as nine has been sentenced to 28 years in jail following a five-year police investigation.

Police described Gareth Morgan’s actions, which were uncovered when the South Yorkshire force received a referral about him viewing indecent material online, as “horrific”.

That was in 2015 and it emerged his victims had been aged between nine and 14 when the offences took place.

Police worked with them over the years to create a full understanding of Morgan’s offending.

A police spokesman said: “Early enquiries quickly showed that Morgan’s actions went far beyond the initial report, when the two girls told their families and police officers about the abuse they had suffered at his hands.”

He was jailed after a two-week trail, when a court heard how he abused his victims when he believed they were asleep and on day trips.

Photographs he took of them were posted online and he also posed as a teenager to coerce the girls into sending indecent images and video of themselves.

‘Morgan has shown no remorse for his crimes’

Det Con Kim Musson, who has led this investigation since 2015, said: “Yesterday marked the end of an incredibly complex, sensitive and protracted investigation, involving two young and vulnerable girls.

“We first spoke to both victims in 2015 and began to understand the significant volume of abuse they experienced over a five-year period.

“Each victim has gradually told us more and more about the shocking abuse they have suffered.

“Both girls have shown incredible bravery, strength and resolve as they not only recounted the abuse to us, but in front of a jury, in order to ensure Morgan got the sentence he deserved.

“Morgan has shown no remorse for his crimes, instead developing a web of lies that his perverse actions were in some way to protect the victims.

“This investigation has been really tough, not only for the victims, but for those who love and care for them – and I cannot thank everyone enough for their support.

“It is vitally important that victims of child sexual abuse feel that they can speak to police – no matter how long ago the abuse occurred. We will investigate all reports and have specially trained officers and partners who can offer the right help while the offenders are brought to justice.”

Morgan, of Waterside, Thorne was found guilty of 17 charges against him. He had already pleaded guilty to two charges at an earlier hearing.

He pleaded guilty to making and distributing indecent photographs of a child, but denied 16 other offences, including causing a child under 13 to engage in sexual activity, causing a child to engage in a sex act and inciting a child to engage in a sexual act.

Judge Michael Slater commended the investigating officers, DC Kim Musson and DC Andrea Smith for their professionalism throughout this lengthy investigation. Both will receive Judicial Commendation.

Anyone who is affected by these issues, or would like to speak to specially trained officers, can call South Yorkshire Police on 101. For support, call Childline on 0800 11 11 or alternatively discuss your concerns with the NSPCC 24 Hour Child Protection Helpline by calling 0808 800 5000 or by texting 88858.