by Steven Ertelt
April 2, 2008
Parkwood, Australia (LifeNews.com) — An Australian teacher accused of getting a teenage student pregnant and then paying for her abortion has been found guilty of having sex with a minor. Stephen Peter Morrow, 55, could face 10 years in prison after a jury found him guilty on nine counts of sex with an underage girl.
Morrow was found not guilty on two other counts prosecutors charged him with in the case.
The teenage girl Morrow apparently had sex with is 25-years-old now and she told the court during the trial that Morrow had been her physics teacher while she was a Year 12 student at Melbourne Girls’ College.
The young woman described a relationship that began as a friendship with after-school tutoring that eventually turned into a sexual relationship.
She said Morrow took her to an abortion center in August 1999 after she became pregnant and paid for the abortion she had there.
Following the guilty verdict, Judge Tom Wodak placed Morrow in police custody and set up a hearing next Wednesday for the sentencing portion of the trial.
According to a report in The Age newspaper, Morrow told the court he was remorseful for his actions and conceded he had crossed the line.
"It was not your normal student-teacher relationship," Morrow said.
The newspaper also quoted principal Judith Crowe, who said she was very upset to hear about how one of her teachers took advantage of a schoolgirl.
"There are ethical and moral behaviors that are expected of teachers," Crowe said. "Mr. Morrow has transgressed these in a most calculating and heinous way. He took advantage of the privileged position of trust that he had with a vulnerable child and he used her to meet his warped and wicked desires."
Pro-life advocates say the case is similar to those in the United States, where criminals who engage in sexual abuse use abortion in an attempt to cover up their crimes after impregnating a teenager.
In the United States, last month in Florida, officials captured Papouche Edmond, a man who stands accused of sexually abusing a minor girl and forcing her to have an abortion.
Connecticut has seen four recent cases of abortion-sexual abuse coverup.
The most recent came in December when a pastor accused of sexually abusing two young girls reportedly urged a 13-year-old victim in a 2005 case to get an abortion to hide his alleged crime.
In Massachusetts, in November, a grand jury in Middlesex indicted 51-year-old Steven Infante on various charges of rape and assault and battery.
Prosecutors say Infante had a sexual relationship with a 14-year-old girl that began at that early age and continued until she was 21. When she turned 17, the girl became pregnant and Infante drove her to a local abortion business.