January 2018

Ex-Sea Cadet officer jailed for sex acts with 15-year-old girl

A FORMER officer in the Bebington Sea Cadets is beginning a two year jail term after sexually abusing a 15-year-old girl.

Robert Morton, now 37, befriended the girl and began texting her when she was just 14 and he was in his late 20s.

The pair did not have full sex until the girl turned 16 – but he admitted they had performed sex acts on each other before that, repeatedly over the course of around a year.

Morton, of Green Lane in Ellesmere Port, was jailed for two years at Liverpool Crown Court today after admitting engaging in sexual activity with a child and inciting a child to engage in sexual activity.

Charles Lander, prosecuting, told the court Morton originally struck up a friendship with the girl, and they exchanged numbers.

He said: “They started texting each other, it started off with general chit chat but in her words it got a bit more rude.

“He was asking her what she wanted to do with him. They would meet up in the park, innocently meeting at first but then they progressed to kissing, or as she described ‘snogging’.”

Mr Lander said the meetings quickly began to involve sexual touching and sex acts

The relationship continued when the girl turned 16, and the pair would then go to Morton’s home in Ellesmere Port to have sex.

Mr Lander said: “The sexual activity stopped when he became involved with another girlfriend when the complainant was around 17.”

The court heard Morton had told the girl “no-one can ever know about this”, but in fact she had confided in a friend and eventually reported the abuse last year.

Judge David Aubrey, QC, passing sentence, said: “The court has no doubt that you were well aware of her age when you began associating with her, and that developed into a sexual relationship.

“The court has no doubt that you were aware and fully aware of safeguarding issues and what were the relevant boundaries. But you then took the decision to cross those boundaries.”

Morton was also ordered to sign the sex offenders register for 10 years.