June 2021

Paedophile planned Chester Zoo trip to meet ‘ten-year-old girl’

 

A paedophile arranged to meet a nanny and a 10-year-old girl at Chester Zoo with the intention of sexually abusing the child.

Christopher Peter Morris tried to meet the pair but the “nanny” was actually an undercover police officer, the girl didn’t exist and the meeting never took place because he may have gotten “cold feet”.

Jailing the man for a total of eight years, a judge told Christopher Peter Morris, 37, that he could re-offend at any time

Judge Christopher Vosper QC at Mold Crown Court said Morris presented a “significant risk of harm” to young girls, particularly aged 10 and 11.

He said: “Although you recognise the wrongness of your sexual inclinations you are unable to control them.”

Mold Crown Court today heard that a jury had last month convicted Morris of one charge of attempting to facilitate a meeting of a child, aged 10, for sexual gratification.

His case had been adjourned for a pre-sentence report.

Today the facts of the case were aired again as Morris, of Chester Street, Flint, was sentenced.

The court heard that Morris had been using the “xHamster” website for messaging and telephone conversations, as well as encrypted phone calls, with a woman he believed to be a nanny.

Morris was said to have thought that the “nanny” was sexually abusing a 10-year-old girl in her care.

The judge told Morris that on September 13, 2019: “You made an arrangement to meet the nanny and abuse the girl as the nanny watched and assisted”.

The nanny, calling herself Kay and who was an undercover police officer, said she was in Newcastle and suggested meeting at Edinburgh Zoo.

But Morris suggested Chester Zoo instead as it was nearer to his home, the court heard.

Then the nanny told him in October 2019 she could book three days off and take the girl to the zoo if Morris gave her the nod.

Morris replied: “I give you the nod. Please book it. I want to play with her.”

The judge pointed out that although Morris may have gotten cold feet and never met the fictitious nanny and child, he had “revelled” in the prospect of sexually abusing her.

The judge said Morris has has contacted chatrooms three times to view indecent images and currently “poses a high risk to children, most likely to pre-pubescent children.”

He jailed Morris for four years plus an extended period of four years.

He also gave him a Sexual Harm Prevention Order for life and notification requirement for life.