http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/breaking-news/salvation-army-officer-loses-rape-appeal/story-e6freuyi-1225858916430

Salvation Army Officer loses rape appeal

  • From: AAP
  • April 27, 2010 3:24PM

A FORMER Salvation Army officer who regularly raped and beat boys in his care has lost an appeal against his conviction on child sex charges.

The South Australian Court of Criminal Appeal unanimously dismissed the bid by William John Keith Ellis to overturn his convictions on seven counts of buggery and six of indecent assault.

The offences, against four boys aged nine to 15, occurred between 1960 and 1971 at the former Salvation Army Eden Park boys home at Wistow, in the Adelaide Hills.

In May last year, Ellis was jailed for 16 years with a non-parole period of 12.

The 76-year-old was told the penalties could result in him dying in prison.

At that time, Supreme Court Justice Michael David said he accepted evidence that Ellis had abused one of his victims more than 100 times.

The abuse occurred amid a culture of beatings and cruel incarceration and he described the boys home as a disgrace.

“It was an horrific place by any standards, let alone modern standards,” Justice David said.

One of Ellis’ victims, Tim Anderson, who was only eight years old at the time, said boys at the home would get terrible thrashings.

He said he had no sympathy for Ellis.

“He used to hit too hard. Kids used to kick and scream and he would just hit them harder,” Mr Anderson said on the day Ellis was sentenced.

 

http://www.news.com.au/adelaidenow/story/0,22606,25302811-5006301,00.html

Guilty – child abuser William J. K. Ellis collapses in hysterics

Article from: The Advertiser

JORDANNA SCHRIEVER, ANDREW DOWDELL

April 07, 2009 01:10pm

A FORMER Salvation Army officer broke down in hysterics as a District Court jury today found him guilty of sexually abusing four wards of the state in the 1960s and 70s.

Paramedics were once again called to treat William John Keith Ellis, who faces a lengthy prison term after being convicted of molesting four boys between 1960 and 1971.

Ellis, 76, began crying when the first of his guilty verdicts was announced and was shrieking hysterically by the time he had been convicted of six counts of indecent assault and seven counts of buggery.

Speaking outside court, victim Graham Rundle said he felt relieved as he listened to the jury deliver its guilty verdict.

“To me this is justice for everybody, anyone that was in Eden Park – it’s justice,” Mr Rundle said.

“I’m not particularly worried if he gets ten years, five years or three months – for me, he was found guilty. It’s not about revenge, it’s just the fact he was found guilty and now the Salvation Army will have to look at it.”

Prosecutors told the court Ellis was a volatile and violent authoritarian who would “turn red with rage” after forcing the boys to have sex with him.

One of the victims was just seven years old when he was sent to the home and began being abused by Ellis.

Ellis was taken from the court in an ambulance last week after denying that he had ever had sex with a child.

However, the jury – which heard Ellis would give the boys “special treats” to keep his abuse quiet – rejected his story and convicted him on all counts.

The jury also heard that Ellis would blame his victims for the acts of abuse, which he instigated during Bible readings and other activities.

Paramedics were called into the court about 12.30pm and Ellis was taken away in an ambulance.

 

http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2009/04/06/2536444.htm

Jury retires in boys’ home sex case

Posted Mon Apr 6, 2009 7:07pm AEST

The jury in the Supreme Court trial of a former Salvation Army worker charged with child sex offences has started its deliberations.

William John Keith Ellis, 76, of Flinders Park has been on trial for more than four weeks facing seven counts of buggery and six of indecent assault.

The alleged offences were committed against four boys at the Eden Park boys home in the Adelaide Hills between 1960 and 1971.

The jury began deliberating in the early afternoon and was sent home for the night because a verdict had not been reached.

The jury will continue deliberations in the morning.

 

http://www.news.com.au/adelaidenow/story/0,27574,25274036-2682,00.html

Salvation Army officer William John Keith Ellis trial continues

Article from: The Advertiser

JORDANNA SCHRIEVER, COURT REPORTER

April 01, 2009 11:28am

THE trial of a Salvation Army officer accused of sexually abusing boys at a home where he worked will continue until neurological reports are available, a court has heard.

William John Keith Ellis suffered convulsions in the dock as he gave evidence in his defence for the first time on Monday.

Justice Michael David today told a Supreme Court jury that the trial would continue with two other witnesses today.

Ellis, 76, of Flinders Park,  is expected to resume giving evidence tomorrow or Friday, pending on neurological tests which are due to occur late today.

“Hopefully he might be able to continue his evidence tomorrow,” Justice David said.

He said the two other witnesses would interrupt prosecutor Sandi McDonald’s cross-examination of Ellis.

“We will interrupt Mr Ellis’s evidence, which is part-way through, when that’s done we will then wait to see what we hear from the neurologist and we are very much in his hands after that,” he said.

He said the case would likely continue if the fit suffered by Ellis was epileptic.

Ellis has pleaded not guilty to seven counts of buggery and six counts of indecent assault.

The offences, against four boys, allegedly occurred at Wistow and Adelaide between September 1960 and June 1971.

The court has previously heard Ellis would “lose his temper” and “turn red” with rage after forcing boys in his care to have sex with him.

The honourary Salvation Army sergeant has previously denied ever abusing any boys.

“I have never sexually assaulted anybody,” Ellis told the court on Monday.

The trial is continuing.

 

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