Halifax man jailed again for child sex offences

Scales of justice
Scales of justice

A child porn pervert who breached a special order intended to stop him reoffending has been jailed for 30 months.

Martin John Ellis, 45, was locked up back in 2011 for possessing indecent images of youngsters and at the time he was made the subject of a sexual offences prevention order which was to last for the next 10 years.

A court heard on Thursday that under the order Ellis, of Crabtree Street, Halifax, was banned from owning a computer, accessing social media sites or owning a web camera.

But last August a police officer doing a routine check at his home discovered a computer as well as a webcam and a DVD containing hundreds of child porn images.

Ellis pleaded guilty to five offences covering his breaches of the sexual offences prevention order as well as 11 allegations relating to his possession of the indecent images of youngsters.

Prosecutor Michael Smith told Bradford Crown Court that in total the police found more than 700 images on the DVD and computer with over 600 of them being at the lowest level of seriousness.

Mr Smith said when Ellis’ computer was interrogated it was found that he had been using obviously indecent terms to search for sexual images of young children.

The court heard that Ellis had also set up a Facebook account although Mr Smith confirmed that it had not been used for anything indecent.

Recorder Tim Roberts QC was told that Ellis had first offended back in 2001 when he was given a community sentence for taking indecent photographs of children with a camera.

Jailing him, Recorder Roberts said he had appeared before the courts repeatedly because of his unnatural interest in photographs of children in sexual settings.

The judge said Ellis had not mended his ways after his first court appearance and notwithstanding the imposition of the sexual offences prevention order in 2011 he had again downloaded indecent photographs of children.

‘’Your repeated offending behaviour in this serious way means that my public duty requires me to pass a custodial sentence upon you,’’ the judge told Ellis.

For breaching the sexual offences prevention order Ellis was jailed for 18 months and the judge added an extra 12 months in prison for the further offences of possessing indecent images of children.

The sexual offences prevention order will remain in force following Ellis’ release and the court heard that breaches of it could carry a maximum of five years in jail.