September 2016

Father of paedophile teacher also sentenced for possessing indecent images of children

The father of a primary school teacher recently jailed for filming pupils getting changed has been sentenced for possessing indecent images of children.

Pensioner Jerry Ellins was caught with almost 1,000 sickening photographs, some classed by police as category A – the most extreme level.

Despite admitting his interest in child porn, his wife is standing by him and he planned to return to the family home in Marple, Stockport, a court heard.

Ellins, 67, a former Royal Navy submariner, was spared jail at Manchester’s Minshull Street crown court, being handed six months in prison, suspended for 12 months.

The court heard that Ellins, the father of former teacher Gary Ellins, previously pleaded guilty to three counts of possessing indecent images of children, unrelated to his son’s convictions.

Prosecuting, Adam Lodge said that Ellins Sr had initially claimed the images related to adults aged 18 to 20, but later admitted they were of children, with some as young as four, ranging to the age of 12.

He had 295 category A images, the worst category, with 262 category B and 437 category C images.

Mr Lodge said Ellins Sr had previously been warned about his behaviour in a letter from internet providers BT, with police later investigating and arresting him.

During the sentencing hearing of his son at Manchester Crown Court earlier this month, it was said that when police searched the Ellins family home in Vernon Drive, Marple, they found videos taken by Ellins Jr of pupils getting changed for a PE lesson.

Ellins Jr, a former teacher at Micklehurst All Saints Primary School in Mossley, who had been living with his parents, was jailed for 12 months during that hearing.

Defending Ellins Sr, Peter Malone said despite pleading guilty to the offences his wife was sticking by him.

Mr Malone told the judge: “It’s hoped that he can return to the family home and live with his wife, who has supported him throughout this.”

Ellins Sr served for 13 years in the Royal Navy as a submariner, before becoming a project manager on various schemes.

He has sought help following his conviction, Mr Malone said.

He added: “Doing that course has hopefully helped him learn various ways to challenge and channel his behaviour.”

Addressing Ellins Sr, Judge Leslie Hull said: “It’s a great tragedy for all concerned that you are standing where you are standing.

“You hitherto led a better than blameless life and you have served your country and here you are facing offences as vile as this.”

Ellins Sr must complete a 12-month community order, sign the sex offenders’ register for seven years and pay £340 in costs.