September 2015

Vile images of children being sexually abused found on man’s computer in dawn raid


A MAN caught with hundreds of indecent images of children has been sent on a sex offenders’ treatment programme.

Steven Ellis, 57, had some of the most extreme photographs and films of children being abused on three computers.

His offending, committed over “several years” was discovered when police, acting on intelligence, raided his home in Dawnay Drive, Anlaby, at 7am on March 23.

Hull Crown Court heard Ellis made “full admissions” and pleaded guilty to making and possessing indecent images.

He also sought help from a psychotherapist before a judge ordered him to attend the Northumbria Sex Offenders Group Work Programme as part of a three-year community order.

Paul Norton, defending, said: “He has expressed, and continues to express, remorse for his actions, and has also shown insight into the harm that his activities are capable of causing.

“Mr Ellis, at his own not inconsiderable expense, has already started to engage in rehabilitative work, and I do suggest that there is a real prospect of rehabilitation.”

Sentencing Ellis, Judge David Tremberg told him: “As it seems from the pre-sentence report, you now realise that such behaviour acts as tacit encouragement to those who would abuse children and place those images on the internet for the enjoyment of others to abuse further victims.

“Furthermore, the victims themselves suffer not only from the experience of abuse itself, but from the knowledge that out there in the ether, somewhere in the world, there will be an image of them as a child being abused, and there will be somebody getting some sexual pleasure out of that.

“Well, you share in that responsibility.

“In your favour, I bear in mind the admissions you made to the police, your pleas of guilty, and that I am dealing with a man who is somewhat isolated, depressed and was struggling with bereavement issues at the time.

“You are a hard worker, of relatively low risk of reoffending, and, most importantly, have sought help off your own back and have benefited from that.”

Ellis, who had no previous convictions, must sign the sex offenders register for five years and was given six months to pay the £400 costs of the prosecution.