Update: Morgan has now been released
Paedophile’s jail term appeal dismissed
A paedophile who abused three little girls before being brought to justice has been told by top judges that he was fortunate to get away with a 10-year jail term.
Russell Alan Morgan, 35, committed a string of sex offences against the girls, aged between eight and 10, but did not pay for his offences until almost two decades later.
Morgan, of Glastonbury Close, Belmont, Hereford, was jailed in May this year, after pleading guilty at Worcester Crown Court to 10 counts of indecent assault.
Last Wednesday he asked Lord Justice Aikens, Mr Justice Holroyde and Judge Peter Rook QC, sitting at London’s Criminal Appeal Court, to reduce that sentence on appeal.
The court heard that Morgan was arrested after one of his victims – who is now an adult – broke her silence and told of what had happened to her to her boyfriend.
Morgan initially denied any wrongdoing but eventually pleaded guilty.
His lawyers submitted that he had been treated too harshly by the sentencing judge.
But Judge Rook, delivering the court’s judgement, concluded that he had been fortunate to get off as lightly as he did.
The judge said the offences had been charged as indecent assaults because that was the law at the time they were committed.
Had they happened now, they could have considered rapes and assaults by penetration, carrying far tougher sentences, he added.
“In our view the overall sentence of 10 years for this course of conduct cannot be said to be manifestly excessive or wrong in principle,” the judge said, dismissing Morgan’s appeal.