September 2021: The judge handed Ewan 10 months in prison, suspended for two years, with a 40-day Rehabilitation Activity Requirement.
Ewan must sign the Sex Offenders Register and comply with a Sexual Harm Prevention Order for 10 years
Hospital nurse exposed as a paedophile admits ‘sexual interest in children remains’
A paedophile hospital nurse has told a court ‘his sexual interest in children remains’.
Christopher Ewan, a married dad-of-four, worked in an accident and emergency department.
But during lockdown he downloaded more than 100 child rape photos and videos, plus extreme porn images showing bestiality.
He worked at Aintree hospital in Liverpool and could now be jailed after he admitted a string of charges
Following a police investigation, Ewan, 45, of Netherton, Liverpool, admitted downloading and possessing the sick files.
He appeared in the dock at Liverpool Crown Court yesterday (Wednesday) for sentencing, when the court heard he had backtracked on previous claims made to the Probation Service.
Christopher Hopkins, prosecuting, said Ewan had admitted downloading 137 Category A files – 127 images and ten videos – between March 3 and June 23 last year. Category A is the most serious category, involving child rape.
Mr Hopkins said Ewan also admitted downloading 219 Category B images when he appeared before magistrates last month.
However, the prosecutor said according to the magistrates’ records, it appeared Ewan had pleaded guilty to two duplicate charges, relating to a prohibited image of a child – an error that would have to be resolved by the case being sent back to the magistrates’ court.
The judge, Recorder Stan Reiz, QC, said: “On the face of it, the defendant has been charged with two criminal offences for the same act.”
The court heard there was also an issue relating to his plea in respect of Category C indecent images.
Mr Lennon said: “The defendant certainly pleaded guilty to all matters before the lower court.
“There is an error so far as the recording of those pleas is concerned.”
He added: “The defendant is anxious to be sentenced and obviously very concerned about the outcome, but everything about the system must be done properly. Unhappily and regrettably, the case will have to go off, so the magistrates can rectify these problems.”
Recorder Reiz agreed and said he would remit the case back to the magistrates, before Ewan would again appear at the crown court on September 3 to be sentenced.
He said the ‘error in the paperwork’ was no fault of Ewan’s, but it was important the matter was handled correctly.
The judge remanded him on bail but said he was making him ‘no promises’ about the sentence that would be passed next month.
He said: “All sentencing options remain open, including immediate custody.”
Ewan had been away from work since last year and is no longer employed, with sources saying his colleagues believed he was off sick.
Ewan has been suspended by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), which is likely to ban him from practising as a nurse again.