A PREACHER from Pinner who molested two 10-year-old girls will be out of prison in two months - after his victims' parents offered their forgiveness.
Charles Morris, of Malpas Drive, was in court today to be sentenced for the two offences, which occurred between 2005 and 2008.
The 57-year-old met the families through Pinner Methodist Church in Love Lane, where he was a member, had worked as a preacher and had helped with financial accounts.
He had also worked as a lay preacher across churches in Harrow and Hillingdon.
Harrow Crown Court heard how in 2005 Morris was lying on the bed with his first victim, a 10-year-old with autism, when he attempted to touch her breasts through her clothes.
He abused his position of trust again during the first half of last year when he indecently assaulted another 10-year-old girl.
After his arrest in June last year, police seized computer equipment from his family home and found that he had made a number of internet searches such as 'very young girl's breasts'.
He was then suspended from all his positions at the church and ordered not to return as a member.
He was in court for sentencing this morning after pleading guilty to the charges last month - when it was revealed that his victims' families were willing to forgive.
Letters from the families asked that Morris 'was not punished in anyway' and stated that they 'were praying for him'.
It also emerged that following the first assault in 2005, Morris was asked by his victim's mother to continue to care for her older daughter.
He was ordered to four months in prison but was told he will be released in two.
He has also signed the sex offender's register and will not be allowed contact with children under 16 for the next five years.
Sentencing Morris, Judge Graham Arran said: "You have sexually assaulted two young girls whose parents entrusted to your care through your work at a methodist church – making this a serious breach of trust.
"A search found you were specifically looking for material on young girls breasts on the internet and you clearly have an unhealthy interest in that topic.
"The families have unusually shown understanding and charity to you but there has to be a custodial sentence in this case."
Despite support at court from his wife, one of two of his sons and friends, it emerged that his wife has sought counselling and has been prescribed anti-depressants as a result of Morris's actions.