Man jailed for filming himself for "youngster" - St Albans

08/11/2013

A man who filmed himself committing lewd acts on a web cam, thought the pictures were being watched by a 12- year-old-girl he had begun chatting to on the internet. David Ellis even suggested to the girl they meet up for sex.

What Ellis didn't know was the youngster he thought he was in contact with, wasn't a child at all, but a police officer who was part of an operation set up to catch people  like him trawling the internet for underage sex.

Soon after filming himself, Ellis got the shock of his life when detectives turned up at his home in Hemel Hempstead, Herts to arrest him. Officers discovered he had a video of a youngster in school uniform doing a striptease.

At St Albans Crown Court on Friday, 08 November 2013,  the 62-year-old of Great Road in Hemel Hempstead, pleaded guilty to two offences of attempting to engage in sexual activity in the presence of a child. He also admitted a charge of causing a child under 13 to look at an image of a person engaged in sexual activity.

The court heard  that as well as setting up a live web cam link for what he thought was a 12-year-old girl, Ellis also played a video for the "youngster" to watch which showed him performing a sexual act. The offences happened over a month long period between April and May of last year.

After his arrest police discovered Ellis had been in contact with around 20 young girls under the age of 16 where similar exchanges had taken place over the internet.

Judge John Plumstead jailed Ellis for three years. His name will go on the Sex Offenders Register for 10 years.

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