Primary school deputy headteacher, 44, charged over rape of girl under 13 poses as cheerleader as parents speak of shockSeptember 12, 2021
A PRIMARY school deputy headteacher charged over the rape of a child was pictured posing as a cheerleader before her arrest.
Julie Morris, 44, has been charged with aiding the rape of a girl under 13 – with parents of pupils at St George’s Central Church of England Primary School near Wigan telling of their shock.
Pictures have now emerged of Morris – who was one of three child protection officers at the 340-pupil school – posing in an Alice in Wonderland costume for the school's prospectus and as a cheerleader on social media.
Maths and RE teacher Julie has worked at St George’s Central Church of England Primary School for 10 years.
Parents were told of the alleged offences on Wednesday in a letter from the headteacher – Mark Grogan.
He highlighted: "It is important to emphasise that the charges in relation to the alleged offences are not connected with our school.”
The head added that he realises that it “will come as a shock for everyone within the school community”.
Julie Morris is accused of aiding and abetting the rape of a girl under 13 and inciting sexual activity with a child.
Meanwhile, David Morris, 52 – who is not thought to be related or married to Julie – was charged with three counts of rape of a girl under 13 and inciting a girl under 13 to engage in sexual activity.
Some stunned parents told of their shock as they collected their kids from the school on Friday, reports the Mail on Sunday.
One mum told the outlet: "All my children have gone to this school and to say I’m shocked is an understatement. I really hope it’s not true.
"It’s sad the school has been dragged into it."
Another added: "I’ve nothing bad to say about her.
"The charges are very serious and what makes it more shocking is that she is a deputy head in charge of young children.
"In my mind it’s innocent until proven guilty."
Merseyside police revealed the alleged rape was “unrelated” to Julie’s job – meaning the alleged victim is not thought to be a pupil.
A spokesman 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.”
They are both due to appear before a judge at Liverpool Crown Court on October 4.
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