Lancashire sex pest dad of two escapes jail

First published in News

A ‘PREDATORY’ sex pest who targeted a string of teenage girls over 12 years has walked free from court.

Mark Ellis, 43, a married father-of-two, fondled and tried to kiss his victims.

One of the girls had had to fend him off after he waited for her and tried to pull her into a bedroom.

Another was left shocked and frightened after he groped her in a pub.

Ellis had sent the girl a text, saying: “I wish I was in bed with you”, Burnley Crown Court heard. Ellis sexually assaulted four victims, aged from 15 to 19, between 1997 and 2009, when he was between 27 and 40-years-old. He was arrested last August.

The defendant, of Yorkshire Close, Buckshaw Village, Chorley, admitted three counts of indecent assault and seven allegations of sexual assault.

He was given a 12-month sentence, suspended for two years, with 12 months supervision. Ellis was ordered to sign the sex offenders’ register for 10 years and was banned from working with children indefinitely. Ellis was arrested on August 10, last year.

The prosecutor said: “He was interviewed at some length. While he accepted some of his behaviour, he didn’t accept the full extent and explained some aspects of his behaviour as being simply a misunderstanding.” The defendant had no previous convictions.

For Ellis, Andrew Nuttall said he was hard-working, had a good job and would lose his employment and home if he was jailed.

Mr Nuttall said: “He seems to have grown, with age, somewhat wiser and he seems to have stopped this not just inappropriate, but criminal behaviour. On the face of it, he doesn’t really pose a risk anymore at all."

He said Ellis’s wife had stood by him and believed in him, but it had been a terrible shock. Judge Andrew Woolman told the defendant: “Your behaviour over these years was disgusting and predatory. There was a degree of danger to any teenage girl that came into your space. “

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5:34pm Mon 25 Feb 13

Steve4x4 says...

Why is it L.E.T that you are inviting comments on this case? is it because he is English or white? seems like when a non white has been in front of the judge you don't leave the article open for comments? i have noticed this going on for quite some time.
Why is it L.E.T that you are inviting comments on this case? is it because he is English or white? seems like when a non white has been in front of the judge you don't leave the article open for comments? i have noticed this going on for quite some time. Steve4x4
  • Score: 10

6:05pm Mon 25 Feb 13

HarryBosch says...

Once may have been a misunderstanding but four times? A predatory paedophile and a danger to young girls. A custodial sentence would have been more appropriate. And judge Woolman is not known for his leniency.
Once may have been a misunderstanding but four times? A predatory paedophile and a danger to young girls. A custodial sentence would have been more appropriate. And judge Woolman is not known for his leniency. HarryBosch
  • Score: 6

6:45pm Mon 25 Feb 13

burner says...

You are so right, steve. I have noticed the same trend, too.
You are so right, steve. I have noticed the same trend, too. burner
  • Score: 0

7:39pm Mon 25 Feb 13

mavrick says...

Steve4x4 wrote:
Why is it L.E.T that you are inviting comments on this case? is it because he is English or white? seems like when a non white has been in front of the judge you don't leave the article open for comments? i have noticed this going on for quite some time.
I totally agree Steve. However what sort of message does a sentence like this send to victims, and the police who must have spent a fortune in man hours investigating the case. Is there any point? This judge should look to his conscience.
[quote][p][bold]Steve4x4[/bold] wrote: Why is it L.E.T that you are inviting comments on this case? is it because he is English or white? seems like when a non white has been in front of the judge you don't leave the article open for comments? i have noticed this going on for quite some time.[/p][/quote]I totally agree Steve. However what sort of message does a sentence like this send to victims, and the police who must have spent a fortune in man hours investigating the case. Is there any point? This judge should look to his conscience. mavrick
  • Score: 7

10:36pm Mon 25 Feb 13

sen c b l says...

With a lenient sentence, is it any wonder why The LT would allow comments on this article, and some commentators on this page would post an opinion with the experiance they've had or their knowledge of certain circumstance with 'non English or non white' where they have not come out smelling flowers!
With a lenient sentence, is it any wonder why The LT would allow comments on this article, and some commentators on this page would post an opinion with the experiance they've had or their knowledge of certain circumstance with 'non English or non white' where they have not come out smelling flowers! sen c b l
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10:56pm Mon 25 Feb 13

burner says...

eh? !!
eh? !! burner
  • Score: 2

12:14pm Tue 26 Feb 13

sen c b l says...

burner wrote:
eh? !!
eh???????!!!!!!!!!!
[quote][p][bold]burner[/bold] wrote: eh? !![/p][/quote]eh???????!!!!!!!!!! sen c b l
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12:43pm Tue 26 Feb 13

mys says...

His wife's stood by him,knowing what he's done,sorry but he wouldn't get near my kids
His wife's stood by him,knowing what he's done,sorry but he wouldn't get near my kids mys
  • Score: 1

4:50pm Tue 26 Feb 13

phil kernot says...

Steve4x4 wrote:
Why is it L.E.T that you are inviting comments on this case? is it because he is English or white? seems like when a non white has been in front of the judge you don't leave the article open for comments? i have noticed this going on for quite some time.
Tell you the reason half of the let is Asian owned , those grooming cases the let has kept tight lipped , says it all
[quote][p][bold]Steve4x4[/bold] wrote: Why is it L.E.T that you are inviting comments on this case? is it because he is English or white? seems like when a non white has been in front of the judge you don't leave the article open for comments? i have noticed this going on for quite some time.[/p][/quote]Tell you the reason half of the let is Asian owned , those grooming cases the let has kept tight lipped , says it all phil kernot
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6:31pm Tue 26 Feb 13

Free/for/all says...

Typical white/English guy, nothing new, expect this but surprised LET published this as they usually don't publish stories of white/English sexual sick predators
Typical white/English guy, nothing new, expect this but surprised LET published this as they usually don't publish stories of white/English sexual sick predators Free/for/all
  • Score: 1

6:35pm Tue 26 Feb 13

Free/for/all says...

@mavrick, u sure it wasn't u or a family member as funny how u always bring the race card on these kind of stories???
Look in the mirror and u might start to understand that most sick sexual acts are committed by WHITE guys but sick one sided minds like urs have problems accepting this. ;)
@mavrick, u sure it wasn't u or a family member as funny how u always bring the race card on these kind of stories??? Look in the mirror and u might start to understand that most sick sexual acts are committed by WHITE guys but sick one sided minds like urs have problems accepting this. ;) Free/for/all
  • Score: 0

6:39pm Tue 26 Feb 13

Free/for/all says...

Free/for/all wrote:
@mavrick, u sure it wasn't u or a family member as funny how u always bring the race card on these kind of stories???
Look in the mirror and u might start to understand that most sick sexual acts are committed by WHITE guys but sick one sided minds like urs have problems accepting this. ;)
@mavrick and Steve 4x4.
;)
[quote][p][bold]Free/for/all[/bold] wrote: @mavrick, u sure it wasn't u or a family member as funny how u always bring the race card on these kind of stories??? Look in the mirror and u might start to understand that most sick sexual acts are committed by WHITE guys but sick one sided minds like urs have problems accepting this. ;)[/p][/quote]@mavrick and Steve 4x4. ;) Free/for/all
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7:36pm Tue 26 Feb 13

sen c b l says...

Free/for/all wrote:
Typical white/English guy, nothing new, expect this but surprised LET published this as they usually don't publish stories of white/English sexual sick predators
So right.

Just last week there were atleast four, that's three plus 1, articles all white related sex beasts or paedos. Non of the articles were allowed comments to prevent the majority of East Lancashire citizen's from embarrasment and sweating profusley.
How sinisterly they compare such news to non whites for justification and self esteem, and yet the 'act' remains unquestioned.
Typical!!!
[quote][p][bold]Free/for/all[/bold] wrote: Typical white/English guy, nothing new, expect this but surprised LET published this as they usually don't publish stories of white/English sexual sick predators[/p][/quote]So right. Just last week there were atleast four, that's three plus 1, articles all white related sex beasts or paedos. Non of the articles were allowed comments to prevent the majority of East Lancashire citizen's from embarrasment and sweating profusley. How sinisterly they compare such news to non whites for justification and self esteem, and yet the 'act' remains unquestioned. Typical!!! sen c b l
  • Score: 0

11:11pm Tue 26 Feb 13

Free/for/all says...

@phil kernoB, looks as if the articles sen c b I is referring to must av been written by the white/English guys at LET who own the other half ;)
@phil kernoB, looks as if the articles sen c b I is referring to must av been written by the white/English guys at LET who own the other half ;) Free/for/all
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11:12pm Tue 26 Feb 13

Free/for/all says...

@phil kernoB, looks as if the articles sen c b I is referring to must av been written by the white/English guys at LET who own the other half ;)
@phil kernoB, looks as if the articles sen c b I is referring to must av been written by the white/English guys at LET who own the other half ;) Free/for/all
  • Score: 0

11:15pm Tue 26 Feb 13

Free/for/all says...

Steve4x4 wrote:
Why is it L.E.T that you are inviting comments on this case? is it because he is English or white? seems like when a non white has been in front of the judge you don't leave the article open for comments? i have noticed this going on for quite some time.
@steve4x4, now u know what the non white/English have been going through for many years. ;)
ENJOY!!
[quote][p][bold]Steve4x4[/bold] wrote: Why is it L.E.T that you are inviting comments on this case? is it because he is English or white? seems like when a non white has been in front of the judge you don't leave the article open for comments? i have noticed this going on for quite some time.[/p][/quote]@steve4x4, now u know what the non white/English have been going through for many years. ;) ENJOY!! Free/for/all
  • Score: 0

1:44am Wed 27 Feb 13

Fire Fly says...

dagsballicks wrote:
Unduly lenient, why?
...because he groped young girls & women against their will.

What message does this kind of sentence send out to the men who think this type of behaviour's acceptable? This man has zero boundaries when it comes to appropriate behaviour around young girls & women & apart from being named, has basically got off with a slapped wrist.
[quote][p][bold]dagsballicks[/bold] wrote: Unduly lenient, why?[/p][/quote]...because he groped young girls & women against their will. What message does this kind of sentence send out to the men who think this type of behaviour's acceptable? This man has zero boundaries when it comes to appropriate behaviour around young girls & women & apart from being named, has basically got off with a slapped wrist. Fire Fly
  • Score: 0

2:30pm Wed 27 Feb 13

sen c b l says...

Free/for/all wrote:
Steve4x4 wrote:
Why is it L.E.T that you are inviting comments on this case? is it because he is English or white? seems like when a non white has been in front of the judge you don't leave the article open for comments? i have noticed this going on for quite some time.
@steve4x4, now u know what the non white/English have been going through for many years. ;)
ENJOY!!
In today's news, 27/02, groomer and rapist, Raymond Cotton of Heys Lane, and to keep certain section of East Lancashire citizen's happy as a pig in 5h1t, no opinions allowed!
[quote][p][bold]Free/for/all[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Steve4x4[/bold] wrote: Why is it L.E.T that you are inviting comments on this case? is it because he is English or white? seems like when a non white has been in front of the judge you don't leave the article open for comments? i have noticed this going on for quite some time.[/p][/quote]@steve4x4, now u know what the non white/English have been going through for many years. ;) ENJOY!![/p][/quote]In today's news, 27/02, groomer and rapist, Raymond Cotton of Heys Lane, and to keep certain section of East Lancashire citizen's happy as a pig in 5h1t, no opinions allowed! sen c b l
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