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'Dangerous' Hull paedophile jailed for 19 years

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Image caption Stephen Ellis was convicted of 15 sexual offences after a trial at Hull Crown Court

A "dangerous" paedophile has been jailed for 19 years after being convicted of a string of sexual offences against three victims.

Stephen Ellis, 40, was found guilty after a trial of offences including rape, sexual assault and sexual activity with a child.

Hull Crown Court heard one of his victims was just five years old at the time she was abused.

Ellis, of Leslie Avenue, Hull, was convicted of 15 offences.

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The court heard the offences took place between May 2004 and September 2010.

In a victim impact statement read out in court one woman, who was 14 years old when the offending began, said Ellis had "ruined" her life.

She said: "When he made sexual advances towards me he made me feel sick.

"I was young and impressionable and I did not realise what he was doing was wrong.

"The past will always be there. I can't forget it. He's made me feel dirty."

'Living a nightmare'

A second victim said she had attempted to kill herself as a result of the abuse she suffered.

Barrister Michele Stuart-Lofthouse read a statement on the victim's behalf in which she said: "I'm living a nightmare, I can't put it in to words.

"I want to move forward with my life but I'm being held back by my past.

"I do not deserve this. I'm young, I should be happy. I hope I can be one day."

The court heard Ellis had been sexually abused as a boy and he was described as an "extraordinarily troubled person".

Judge Mark Bury said: "There's is no doubt at all in my mind that you are a dangerous offender who poses a significant risk of causing serious sexual harm."

Found guilty of:

  • Six counts of causing a child to engage in sexual activity
  • Two counts of indecent assault
  • Two counts of sexual activity with a child
  • One count of indecency with a child
  • One count of rape
  • One count of taking indecent photographs of a child
  • Two counts of sexual assault of a child under 13

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