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Catford shopkeeper jailed after grooming, sex abuse and attempted rape of 14-year-old girl

Gerard Morgan

Gerard Morgan

by Sarah TrotterUpdated on 10:30am Tuesday 1st July 2014 in News

A Catford shopkeeper has been jailed after befriending, grooming and attempting to rape a 14-year-old girl who visited his store.

Gerard Morgan has been described as “every parent’s nightmare” after sexually abusing his young victim and offering her presents and compliments.

The 46-year-old, of Sandhurst Road, ran a shop that sold baseball caps in Sandhurst Road and first befriended the girl after she came to look at some of the caps in autumn 2012.

Morgan was sentenced at Woolwich Crown Court on June 30 to five years in prison for attempted rape, four years for grooming a child, and six months for sexual assault, to run concurrently.

The court heard how Morgan started offering the victim lifts in his car where he sexually abused her and bought her presents including an iPad mini.

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