Deacon Had Sexual Motive for Spanking Students

Reverend Alan Morris

Jailed: Pedophile spanking fetishist Alan Morris was the chief disciplinarian at an all-boys school for nearly two decades.

Deacon Had Sexual Motive for Spanking Students

Reverend Alan Morris, 64, kept a disturbing ‘bag of implements’ – including a leather strap, a cane and a wooden spoon – in his chemistry lab at an all-boys grammar school.

[This article originally appeared in The Freethinker.]

August 29, 2014 – By M Dolon Hickmon -The Manchester Evening News has reported that school teacher and church deacon Alan Morris has been jailed for nine years for  abusing ten boys over a 17 year period while working as a chemistry teacher at St Ambrose RC College in Altrincham. The court heard that the children were taken to a small room inside of Morris’s chemistry lab, where they were stripped, beaten and indecently assaulted. In some cases, students were also made to beat each other.

One of Morris’s victims was Scott Morgan, son of Manchester United football star Willie Morgan. Scott Morgan, now aged 43, waived his right to anonymity in order to share the full story of his abuse with the public. He said: “I was really quiet at school. That’s why he picked on me. He had his favorites, those he liked to punish. You just knew when it was your turn. It was horrible. You just knew it was coming. You just shut your eyes and waited for it.”

While victims bent over a stool awaiting their punishment, Morris would line up his implements of torture: canes, shoes, and a leather strap, as well as a homemade pink rubber paddle that Morris referred to as the Paddywhacker.

Scott Morgan was subject to repeated abuse over several years, beginning at the age of eleven. “You would go into his little room and sometimes it would be five minutes before he hit you. You could hear him going ‘hmmmmm’ as he chose the implement.”

Morgan also recalled instances of group beatings, in which Morris whipped as many as “nine or ten” naked children at the same time. Morgan said: “He would go around hitting everybody in turn. He made us all pull our pants down. He was getting a kick out of it. The longer he could drag it out the better. That’s how he spent his lunch-times and always in his little room.”

Other reports indicate that Alan Morris was permitted to function as the “chief policeman” of the school, with fellow teachers providing him a steady stream of victims to “punish”.

Morgan added: “All the teachers knew what Morris was like. They knew what was going on but would not go up against him because he was the deputy headmaster. We were all ruled by fear.”

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“unsettling entertainment that offers catharsis”

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star3Hickmon unleashes a shocking blitzkrieg of murder, conspiracy, and child abuse in this disturbing, breathlessly plotted murder mystery… Merging biblical tales, psychology, and social criticism, Hickmon stares into the distressing abyss of child exploitation with daring honesty…Eschewing easy answers for moral complexity, this thriller is unsettling entertainment that offers catharsis.

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“…the gravity of Josh and Chris’ situation comes into view in perfectly small chunks that entices you to read ‘just one more chapter’

“The story centers mostly around two child abuse victims: Josh and Chris. Josh, the singer of the band Reboham, of which Chris is a huge fan of, was the sort of test subject that helped his famous evangelical father write a book on child discipline. This particular book, for anyone familiar with the religious child discipline community, is very reminiscent of the book “To Train Up a Child” by Micheal Pearl, which advocates things like beating a child until it’s submissive, as well as carrying around 1/4 thick piece of rubber tubing to strike the child with…

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This Present Darkness: Homeschoolers Anonymous Review of 13:24

This Present Darkness: A Review of M Dolon Hickmon’s “13:24″

“I could not console myself by saying, ‘This is fiction.’ It isn’t, as anyone who has experienced child abuse will recognize.”

“The highest praise I can give M Dolon Hickmon’s debut novel is a trigger warning: While I believe that everyone everywhere needs to read this book, I must urge those with a history of physical or sexual abuse to approach this title with care. I personally had a nervous breakdown after I finished it; I couldn’t breathe because it felt like someone had punched me in the gut. And I could not console myself by saying, “This is fiction.” It isn’t, as anyone who has experienced child abuse will recognize.

Hickmon gives readers an uncommon gift: a brief look behind the curtain of tragedy, a fleeting chance to understand a little more than we did.

In his prologue, the author explains his intentional use of real-life parallels, based on his childhood experiences and research into religiously-motivated child abuse. Also examined are the intersections between child trafficking rings, physical and sexual abuse, and fundamentalist cults. Woven with fictional elements, these create the book’s complex, dark, and brutal narrative.

13:24 is the story of two young men: Josh, a rising rock star, and Chris, the neglected teenaged son of a drug addict. Their stories begin distinct and distant, but as the novel develops, their pasts—and futures—are revealed to be connected in ways that both shock and disturb.

The story opens on a gruesome murder. While the body count rises, questions multiply as a small-town detective chases Chris as a murder suspect. Along the way, readers encounter events and characters with uncanny real-life parallels: Josh has flashbacks of being abused by his minister father, who resembles Michael Pearl and advocates harsh physical punishment; in another thread, a controversial parenting manual is linked to a spate of discipline-related deaths, bringing to mind real-life cases, like those of Hana Williams and Lydia Schatz. Elsewhere, an imprisoned child abuser is freed through the efforts of a “homeschool legal defense fund”, reminiscent of the Home School Legal Defense Association. At the same time, an oily “Christian psychologist” heads a James Dobson-esque media empire, with tendrils in state and national politics.

13:24 may be fiction, but it describes the lives of any number of people I have known. In its imagery, I recognize moments that friends and colleagues have breathed and suffered through. That is what made this novel so hard for me to read.

The book exposes what many religious and homeschooled children experience every day. Readers witness their pain and hear their cries. We see their misery multiplied when it is justified in the name of God; we see their tragedies covered up to save face and preserve religious “freedom”. And unlike a Frank Peretti novel, there are no angels rushing in to the save the day. We must pick up the pieces and fight this present darkness.

Despite the darkness, 13:24 has a poetic beauty. That beauty is in the narrative symmetry: a murder begins it and a murder concludes it. While death marks where the story begins and ends, there is a profound shift in what those deaths mean. This is the power of Hickmon’s prose: he delves deep into pain, into what he has described in his subtitle as “faith and obsession,” and shows us the human faces behind news headlines’ “monsters.”

13:24 is not easy reading. It is neither uplifting nor redemptive. It will crack your heart open, set your blood on fire, and turn your screams into music. Most significantly, the characters’ actions are neither justified nor condemned by the author. He simply allows them to exist. In doing so, Hickmon gives readers an uncommon gift: a brief look behind the curtain of tragedy, a fleeting chance to understand a little more than we did.

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Deputy Video Records Children’s Spankings For Millionaire Boyfriend

Robin Leigh PagoriaMay 26, 2011 – Polk County Florida – According to investigators, 45-year-old Robin Leigh Pagoria handcuffed a pair of naked children to a home-made spanking table, beat them with a paddle, inflicting “substantial” wounds, then sent videos of the incidents to her millionaire boyfriend, who she’d met on an online spanking fetish website called SpankFinders.com.

Prior to her arrest on multiple abuse- and child-pornography related charges, Pagoria worked as a corrections officer in the Polk County jail. Interviewed about the case, Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd is reported to have said, “There aren’t words to describe my anger with her.”

According to arrest reports, Pagoria initially claimed she videotaped the sessions so she could “‘fine-tune’ her technique.” It was these observations, she said, that led her to cut the legs off one side of the table and to delay between blows for “maximum burn.” Officers later discovered videos on Pagoria’s cell phone. In them,  two female victims, aged ten and eighteen, were forced to strip and subjected to as many 62 blows apiece. The children could be heard screaming; the videos were each approximately ten minutes long.

Christopher LobbanPagoria later admitted to having a lifelong spanking fetish. Her boyfriend, Christopher Donald Lobban, 54, of Perth, Australia, was charged with six child sex and abuse charges related to Pagoria’s abuse. Police searched Lobban’s home on May 30, 2011 and recovered pictures, chat logs, and other evidence detailing his role. According to Pagoria and the victims, Christopher Lobban directed the beatings over the internet.

Pagoria plead guilty to abuse and pornography charges in 2013, and was sentenced to twenty-years. As of March 2014, Christopher Lobban remained behind bars in Australia, awaiting extradition. He faces up to life in prison.