Malcolm Charles Ellson

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Paedophile tutor Malcolm Charles Ellson jailed for nine years

  • by: Court Reporter Candice Keller
  • From: AdelaideNow
  • December 16, 2011 4:19PM

FORMER private tutor and convicted paedophile Malcolm Charles Ellson has been jailed for at least nine years for abusing children to satisfy his sexual interest in pre-pubescent boys.

Ellson, 59, appeared in the District Court today where he was sentenced for multiple child sex offences against four victims aged between nine and 11 years.

Parents and supporters of the victims exclaimed “yes” and cried when Judge Simon Stretton sentenced Ellson to 13 years’ imprisonment, with a non-parole period of nine years.

Ellson had previously pleaded guilty to two counts of persistent sexual exploitation of a child, three counts of having sexual intercourse with a person under 14 years and one of procuring an act of gross indecency.

Judge Stretton chose not to declare Ellson a serious repeat offender, but instead favoured a “substantial penalty” and the chance for him to be supervised once released back in to the community.

Ellson was a volunteer at a regional school, and a one-on-one tutor for students involved in a Learning Assistance Program, when he committed the offences between April 2010 and January this year.

Judge Stretton said Ellson’s actions were “devious” and traumatic for the victims.

“It is completely reprehensible … for you to satisfy your own emotional and sexual needs by making them engage in sexual behaviour with you while telling them it was something that was normal for children to do,” he said.

“I can only imagine the potential long-term harm and loss of dignity you may well have caused these children.”

Judge Stretton said Ellson had entered several rehabilitation programs and was motivated to make a positive change.

“You are trying to address your devious sexual interest in pre-pubescent boys,” he said.

“You told a psychologist, if necessary, you would agree to chemical castration.”

Outside of court, Ellson’s brother Peter said his family did not condone Malcolm’s actions and felt great sympathy for the victims and their supporters.

Volunteer tutor jailed for sex crimes

By Candice Marcus

Updated Fri Dec 16, 2011 2:29pm AEDT

A volunteer tutor who molested young boys at a Kangaroo Island school has been jailed.

The Adelaide District Court heard Malcolm Charles Ellson, 59, went to police earlier in the year to tell them he needed help because he had a sexual interest in young boys.

It was told Ellson had sat on the edge of a cliff for about nine hours before realising it was better to take responsibility for his actions.

Judge Simon Stretton said the offending against five boys was reprehensible and sentenced Ellson to 13 years in prison.

He said said Ellson was actively engaged in sexual offender rehabilitation programs and had agreed to chemical castration, if necessary.

Outside court, the victims’ parents said they were pleased with the outcome of the case.

“[It is] healing for the children, healing to know that justice has been done and that he was a perpetrator and it’s not their fault,” said one.

“They’re at an age where they still believed in Father Christmas. They were little boys and he said it was instigated [by them],” said another.

Ellson’s brother, Peter, said his family also was an innocent victim of the offending and felt hurt.

“Our family are the innocent party in all of this and we sincerely hope that the families of the victims have enough compassion to understand the hurt that we feel,” he said.

“We don’t condone my brother’s actions in any way and we have nothing but absolute sympathy and support for the victims and their families.”

Ellson will be eligible to seek parole in nine years.


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