Local News & Archive — February 14, 2017 at 3:34 pm — Updated: February 14, 2017 at 3:34 pm

Ex-policeman jailed for historic child sex abuse

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An ex-policeman from Denbigh has been jailed after it emerged he sexually abused a girl nearly forty years ago.

Wyn Morris admitted repeatedly targeting the child when he was in his twenties during the late 1970s. He was arrested last March after the victim, now in her forties, reported the abuse to police.

Morris (66) from Albert Terrace, was sentenced to four and a half years in prison and must sign the sex offenders register indefinitely. He was also banned from approaching his victim for ten years.

Mold Crown Court heard Morris had told the girl at the time to tell no one what has happening and keep it to herself. He had initially denied the allegations when he was interviewed, but went onto plead guilty.

In the intervening period since the offences had stopped, Morris told a probation officer he was expecting the sex abuse to be reported at some stage and to be held to account.

The defence said Morris had done everything he could to spare the victim from giving evidence and that all he could do was apologise. The pre-sentence report had noted some issues about his upbringing and had asked to the court to take into account his difficulties of forming relationships when he was younger.

They added that Morris had not reoffended for many years and the admission of the offences at a younger age had led to the separation from his wife.

Sentencing Morris, Judge Rhys Rowlands said he had subjected his victim to ”repeated acts of indecency” when at the time, he appeared to be a respected member of the community.

The judge said he took into account the delays in bringing the matter to justice and the nature of the abuse, which did not include penetration, but he added the girl had found it very difficult to live with what Morris had done to her while getting on with her life. He added that the offences had stopped when the defendant no longer had any opportunity to do it.

 

Source: News North Wales

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