Female deputy head, 44, charged with aiding and abetting rape of girl under 13

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A 44-year-old deputy headteacher has been accused of facilitating the rape of a girl under the age of 13-years-old.

Julie Morris has been charged with aiding and abetting rape, as well as, inciting sexual activity with a child under 13.

It is not thought that the victim is a pupil at her school with Merseyside Police reporting the crimes were "unrelated" to her employment.

Ms Morris, from Hindley, near Wigan, is the maths and religious education lead at St George's Central Church of England Primary School, in Tyldesley near Wigan, where she has worked for around ten years.

She appeared in court on Monday and was remanded in custody. She has also been suspended from her job by Wigan Council.

52-year-old David Morris, of Eccleston, near St Helens, on Merseyside, who is not related nor married to Ms Morris, is accused of carrying out the sexual assault.

He has been charged with three counts of rape of a child under 13 and one count of inciting a child under 13 to engage in sexual activity.

One parent of a pupil at Ms Morris' school told the Mail Online: "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 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."

Headteacher Mark Grogan wrote to parents informing them of what had happened and described the allegations as "distressing".

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He added: "It is important to emphasise the charges in relation to the alleged offences are not connected with our school."

Merseyside Police have 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.

"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 defendants are set to appear at Liverpool Crown Court on October 4.

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