Children's counsellor featured in documentary raped and assaulted women

Morgan Prior - who starred in a BBC documentary on polyamorous relationships - was jailed for 40 months for the attacks.

Scots children’s counsellor Morgan Prior raped and assaulted women in Dundee iStock

A children’s charity counsellor found guilty of rape and indecent assault has been jailed for 40 months.

Morgan Prior – who featured in a BBC documentary about his polyamorous lifestyle – raped one woman and carried out a serious sex attack on another over a decade ago.

The 33-year-old was found guilty by a majority of jurors at the High Court in Dundee, but was cleared of four further sexual offences.

Judge William Gallacher also put Prior on the sex offenders register for an indefinite period at the sentencing.

One victim told the trial she had been attacked by Prior in December 2010, when he straddled her and used his legs to pin her to a bed, before raping her.

The other victim told the court that during October 2010 Prior indecently assaulted her at an address in Dundee. 

He was cleared of other charges including an attempted rape in 2011 and an indecent assault on a 16-year-old girl during 2008.

The court was told that Prior had no previous convictions and worked as a mental health counsellor for the charity Place2Be, which works with children in schools.

In 2018, Prior, of Carnoustie, featured in the BBC Scotland documentary Love Unlimited, along with the women he was in a relationship with at the time.

He told how he was in a relationship with two women and was enjoying a polyamory lifestyle after meeting the former on Tinder when he was already dating the latter.

Prior said he had been in a relationship with one woman for four years when he met another and they remained together.

Prior said: “She introduced me to the idea of polyamory.

“When I mention that to some people, they are quite surprised because they think open relationships, polyamory, that’s clearly the man’s idea because it’s lots of sex, right?

“Lots of communication, a little more sex.”

One woman told the programme Prior was good at “emotional communication”, which helped them maintain their relationship when she moved from Dundee to study drama in Edinburgh.

Prior said the woman was “happy for him” to have a relationship with another woman.

He said: “She is very encouraging, she is very supportive. There is a lot of mutual joy in all of it.”

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