Sex offender jailed for 14 years - Berkhamsted


A registered sex offender was today, Thursday, 19 December 2013, sentenced at St Albans Crown Court to 14 years imprisonment for a number of offences, which included arranging or facilitating the commission of a child sex offence. He has also been issued with a Sexual Offences Prevention Order (SOPO) for 20 years and will be on the Sex Offenders’ Register for life.

Michael Eller, aged 67, from Plover Close, Berkhamsted was originally convicted on 30 August 2012, of five counts of making indecent images of children and one count of possession of indecent images of children. He received a three year Community Order and was placed on the Sex Offenders' Register for five years. A SOPO was also imposed at that time and Eller was required to attend the Thames Valley Sex Offenders' Group treatment programme.

Risk management/monitoring software was placed on Eller's computer by Hertfordshire Constabulary's Public Protection Unit. By September it had become apparent that Eller had been using Skype to talk with adults in the Philippines in order to arrange the sexual abuse of children as young as three years old.

On Friday, 13 December 2013, at St Albans Crown Court Eller pleaded guilty to one count of breaching a SOPO, five counts of arranging or facilitating the commission of a child sex offence, possession of indecent photographs of children, and a Proceeds of Crime Act offence.

At St Albans Crown Court today, Judge John Plumstead told Eller: "The cold hearted cruelty of what you did is beyond comprehension. I can't think of a worst case. You did everything you could to ensure those children were raped.

"How any sane human being can direct the rape of children without being overcome with disgust is beyond me."