Update: Morris is now living in Exeter

February 2007

Fury at 4-year term for perv

THE family of a child sex abuse victim hit out after learning that his attacker may be free in four years.

Serial paedophile Keith Morris abused the schoolboy for two years and threatened to KILL him if he told anyone.

Morris, 46, was caged indefinitely yesterday – but the judge said he can apply for release in just four years.

Morris was arrested after complaints were made about his sex activities with a schoolboy at a house in Torquay.

He admitted at an earlier hearing to three offences of causing a person under 16 to engage in sexual activity without consent and one offence of sexual activity with a child under 16.

The boy’s aunt said: “We’re outraged. This man is a serial paedophile and should have got ten years. My nephew will be gutted.”Fury first erupted last month when Morris was freed on bail due to prison overcrowding.

Morris, of Ilsington, Devon, is a self-confessed paedophile who served two jail terms in the 1980s.

He admitted charges relating to sexual activity with a child.

Morris has previous convictions for sex offences against young boys and admitted to police that he had a problem with children and was attracted to young boys.

In 1980 Morris was convicted of indecent assault on a 14-year-old boy and gross indecency with a 10-year-old boy.

He was then jailed for six months.

In 1989 he was convicted of indecent assaults on boys aged six, eight and 10.

On that occasion he was jailed for 30 months.

His sentence at Exeter Crown Court means he will only be freed when probation staff say it is safe.

Judge Graham Cottle was required by law to set the minimum four-year term before Morris can apply for release.

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