He plied teenager with al­co­hol

Caernarfon Herald - - FRONT PAGE - Eryl Crump

Vic­tim men­tally scarred for life:

A ‘MON­STER’ who sex­u­ally abused a teenage girl over a three year pe­riod af­ter ply­ing her with drugs and al­co­hol is be­gin­ning nine and a half years be­hind bars.

In ad­di­tion to the jail sen­tence, An­drew Mor­ley will also spend four years on an ex­tended li­cence for his hor­rific treat­ment of the girl.

Mor­ley, 49, of Borth Road, Porth­madog, had ini­tially de­nied the of­fences and was due to stand trial at Caernar­fon Crown Court last month.

But on the day his vic­tim was due to give ev­i­dence he skipped bail. Af­ter he was arrested, he changed his pleas and ad­mit­ted 12 charges of sex­ual ac­tiv­ity with a child. He also ad­mit­ted two charges of pos­sess­ing pro­hib­ited images of chil­dren.

The girl, who can­not be named for le­gal rea­sons, read an emo­tional vic­tim im­pact state­ment in open court.

Close to tears at times she said the ef­fects of the abuse would “stick with me like a can­cer­ous growth” for the rest of her life.

De­scrib­ing Mor­ley as a “mon­ster” she said she had at­tempted to kill her­self on more than one oc­ca­sion.

Judge Huw Rees told Mor­ley: “You abused her to sat­isfy, selfishly, your own sex­ual needs.

“You en­tered guilty pleas as late as late can be. She had pre­pared to give ev­i­dence but did not have to do so pub­licly.”

The judge added there were ag­gra­vat­ing fea­tures, in­clud­ing grooming the girl and caus­ing her se­vere psy­cho­log­i­cal harm.

Si­mon Rogers, pros­e­cut­ing, said the of­fences oc­curred in two pe­ri­ods from Oc­to­ber 2005 un­til July 2006 and again from Oc­to­ber 2007 un­til July 2010.

Owen Ed­wards, de­fend­ing, said Mor­ley un­der­stood what he had done and re­alised the harm he had caused.

“Through me he in­di­cates he knows how se­ri­ous this is. He knows he is the cause of the dam­age to this woman.

“He un­der­stands he will re­ceive a sig­nif­i­cant sen­tence,” the bar­ris­ter said.

In ad­di­tion to the jail term Mor­ley will be the sub­ject of an in­def­i­nite sex­ual harm preven­tion or­der and his de­tails will be in­cluded on the sex of­fend­ers’ reg­is­ter for life.

An­drew Mor­ley

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