Rotherham paedophile said sexual text messages to boys were 'banter'

Charles Morgan claimed 'nothing happened' when he exchanged messages with boys

Charles Morgan claimed 'nothing happened' when he exchanged messages with boys

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

A Rotherham paedophile who paid to have sex with a child and described his texts to boys as 'banter' is facing a lengthy period in jail.

Charles Morgan, 47, has been found guilty of raping a teenage girl and 19 counts of sexual offences against five boys under the age of 17.

Morgan was convicted at Sheffield Crown Court on Friday (March 2) of the offences, which took place in the Rotherham area over a seven-year period starting in the 1980s and a four-year-period during the last decade.

In addition to rape, his offences included indecent assault, sexual assault, sexual activity with a child and paying for the services of a child.

Investigating officer DC Liz Portman said: “Morgan specifically targeted vulnerable young boys, one who was just 11 when the offending started. He also raped a teenage girl who was just 17 when he carried out his violent act.

“He is a despicable sexual predator and thanks to the bravery of the victims, he has now been exposed as an evil perpetrator who took away young people’s innocence.

“It is as a result of their strength that Morgan is now a convicted sex offender facing a lengthy jail term.”

The first victim came forward to police in June 2016. His interview identified further victims and an investigation was launched.

Morgan denied all the charges when interviewed. While he admitted exchanging sexually explicit text messages with one of the boys - which he described in court as “banter” - he denied that anything had ever happened.

“Our investigation uncovered sexually explicit text messages from Morgan as well as messages telling one of his victims that he loved him,” added DC Portman of the Rotherham Child Sexual Exploitation team.

“He has consistently lied about his behaviour and as a result has put his victims through the ordeal of a trial. I hope his conviction will go some way toward them being able to move forward with their lives.

“We will continue to use our specialist resources to tackle Child Sexual Exploitation in Rotherham and bring those offending against vulnerable young people to justice.”

Morgan was remanded into custody and will be sentenced on Friday 20 April at Sheffield Crown Court.

South Yorkshire Police has a dedicated team to support victims of sexual offences. If you, or someone you know has been a victim you can contact us on 101 or call/text the national helpline Say Something on 116 000.

More information about child sexual exploitation can be found on the South Yorkshire Police website here:www.southyorks.police.uk/spotthesigns.

The NSPCC also has 24/7 help available by calling 0808 800 5000 or emailing help@nspcc.org.uk.