Denbigh paedophile snared by Dark Justice
A Denbigh man who drove more than 200 miles to Newcastle to have sex with a child was caught in a sting operation hatched by an online child protection team
When Paul Ellis, 58, arrived in the city with condoms in his pocket, he believed he was to meet a 13-year-old girl he had been talking to online.
However, the girl’s profile had been created by The Dark Justice group who pretend to be children on the internet in order to catch paedophiles.
Mold Crown Court heard today that at the time Ellis was out on bail after he was arrested at his Denbigh home for having highly sexualised chats with both under aged boys and girls on the internet.
The court heard Ellis, a chip shop worker, had been chatting with the girl on WhatsApp for months before he arranged to meet her.
During the conversations he made it clear what he wanted to do to the girl, photographs were exchanged and arrangements were made to meet on April 28 this year.
When The Dark Justice group confronted Ellis they recorded their conversation, during which he admitted he was there to meet a girl for sex.
The Newcastle case was transferred for sentence at the court in Mold.
Ellis of Rhyl Road in Denbigh, was jailed for four years and two months, and placed on the sex offenders’ register for life.
An indefinite sexual harm prevention order was also handed down to Ellis, said to be a highly qualified nautical engineer who could skipper vessels.
Judge Rhys Rowlands said Ellis had engaged in “lurid sexual conversations” with children over a period of several months.
“You continued with what was totally depraved behaviour even after you had been arrested and appeared in court.
“You travelled up there in the belief that you were going to meet up with and have sex with a 13-year-old girl.
“It is abundantly clear that you were well aware of the risks that you were taking but you were determined to take those risks even after the involvement of the police and you were discovered.”
The court heard how in April 2015 police seized his computer from his home and found a large number of graphic sexual chat logs with children, both boys and girls, some as young as 12 and 13.
Prosecuting barrister Sion ap Mihangel said Ellis suggested the youngsters participate in sex acts and that they should meet up with him – claiming he was aged in his 30s.
Regarding the offences committing in North Wales Ellis admitted five charges of attempting to arrange a child sex offence over the internet in 2015 with 11 similar offences taken into consideration between January and October of last year.
With reference to the Newcastle offence he admitted attempting to incite a child to engage in sexual activity between August of last year and April of this year.