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Dad of three plied a 14-year-old girl with cocaine before forcing her to kiss him but walked free

Morrow told the 14-year-old to "pretend you are 16"

Paul Morrow 34, who kissed a 14-year-old after pressuring her to take drugs has been sentenced for sexual offences.

Steven Moore

This is the sleazy father of three who plied a 14-year-old girl with cocaine before forcing her into kissing him - but still walked free from court.

Paul Morrow, who was once a member of the UDA in Donaghadee, lured the child into his bathroom and pressured her into snorting a line of cocaine.

Morrow, who has three daughters himself, told the teenager to "pretend you are 16" and groomed the youngster by sending her lurid social media messages after she'd left his house, begging her to come back.

Having already assaulted the girl, he sent her messages after she'd left the house about her "cracker pic" on WhatsApp and asked if she could send him some more "weaker" [slang for brilliant] pics.

Paul Morrow

But the Sunday World can reveal that after being caught, twisted Morrow - pictured here for the first time - tried to get a teenage boy to take the rap by telling police he'd sent the messages on Morrow's phone.

The 34-year-old, originally from Donaghadee in Co Down, was handed an enhanced combination order of 80 hours' community service and two years' probation by Downpatrick Crown Court Judge Geoffrey Miller QC.

It was reported he'd been targeted by paramilitaries and had fled five addresses but was now living in Derry.

However, we can reveal Morrow left his hostel in Derry weeks ago and is holed up in a flat in Belfast.

But he did receive a nasty beating after he attacked the girl.

"The girl was really brave and told an adult straight away and so Paul was confronted the same evening," said a source.

"He claimed he didn't know her age but he knew her age perfectly well. He was still messaging her the next day, and then when he realised how much trouble he was in he tried to get a teenage boy to take the blame by saying he'd sent the messages looking for more photos of the girl.

"A few days after it happened, he was beaten up badly but then he just started partying like mad as if nothing had happened. It wasn't until February that he was put out of Donaghadee."

Appearing via a videolink, Morrow was told "this is not a get-out -of-jail-free card" and any breaches would lead to custody.

Morrow admitted engaging in sexual activity with a child on December 4, 2020 and attempting to meet a child following sexual grooming on the same date.

Both charges relate to an incident in a bungalow in Donaghadee which Morrow had just moved into.

The court was told how the 14-year old victim visited her friend in Donaghadee, where they played video games for several hours.

Her friend then said he needed to call to Morrow's home as he was helping him move in.

While there, Morrow offered the teenagers cocaine. The 14-year old initially refused, but after Morrow repeatedly urged her, she felt pressured and relented.

Morrow asked what age she was, and when she told him she was 14, he said to her "pretend you are 16".

When the girl's friend went to the bathroom, Morrow grabbed her by the waist and kissed her.

She pushed him away. When her friend returned from the bathroom, she asked to leave. As she was walking back to her friend's house, the girl received messages from Morrow.

She immediately showed an adult the messages, and when confronted Morrow admitted his behaviour and said he was high on cocaine.

Police were informed, Morrow was arrested and during an interview he refused to answer questions.

Judge Miller spoke of the impact the incident has had on the teenager - both on her self-confidence and performance at school - and said it was clear "she will need further assistance to rebalance her life".

He said Morrow pressured the girl to use drugs as a means to groom her and that he was aware of her age.

Citing Morrow's 44-strong criminal record as "extensive", the judge noted there was no previous sexual offending. The judge also placed Morrow on the Sex Offenders Register for five years and made him the subject of a Sexual Offences Prevention Order for the same period.

The court was told Morrow was being divorced by his wife, who had ended the relationship months before the appalling incident with the teenage girl, and had limited access to his three daughters.

Morrow has plenty of previous convictions including cultivating cannabis and burglary as well as numerous driving convictions including drink driving.

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