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KAREN LOUISE ELLIS
46 yrs old (2013)
Sentenced in a Vic County Court,on the
11-11-2004,to a 22 month suspended jail term and added to the sex offender
registry..Re-sentenced on the 5-5-2005 in the Vic County Court of Appeal to 2 yrs 8
months jail - Must serve 6 months of sentence.
Karen Louise Ellis-Former School teacher..Pleaded guilty in the Melbourne Magistrates Court on the 17-8-2004 to 6 counts of
sexual penetration with a child under 16 yrs..Offences occurred Oct/Nov/2003..Victim was a 15 yr old boy (student)..
TV Sex Story Anger
POLICE will be watching to ensure pedophile schoolteacher
Karen Ellis does not get one cent of a lucrative interview fee.
Ellis and her victim, former student Benjamin Dunbar, will appear on
Channel 9's 60 Minutes tomorrow in a $40,000 deal.
It is believed Ben will receive the fee but the Herald Sun believes
police will monitor the arrangement to ensure Ellis does not profit.
She is ineligible to be paid for any media appearance relating to her crimes.
Footage from the 60 Minutes segment shows the pair laughing and
joking on a golf course and being interviewed together.
They are at ease together as Ellis expresses regret at the affair,
for which she was jailed for six months after pleading guilty to
six counts of sexual penetration of a minor.
She said she now knew what she did was wrong but that she did not
see herself as a pedophile.
"I knew what I was doing. I'm not making excuses at all," she said.
"Look, if I could take it all back, I would."
Ellis said she had been though a nightmare which had cost
her her job and her marriage.
Benjamin said he was a victim under the law but did not
feel like one.
"I suppose you could call it that (lust). Just a crush
that went too far," he said.
The Australian Childhood Foundation condemned the interview
for running the risk of normalising a sexual offence.
A 60 Minutes spokesman said no money had been paid to Ellis,
her family or her lawyers.
A police officer who investigated Ellis said she ruined her
victim's life and warned other parents to keep their sons away from her.
Sgt Mark Wakefield, of the Diamond Creek sexual offences and
child abuse unit, said Ellis continued to display classic pedophile traits.
He said he believed her 60 Minutes interview shows she
continues to have complete control and power over Ben, now 17.
"She is a pedophile and is a danger to young adult males.
She will manipulate them and parents should be wary of their sons being involved with her," he said.
Sgt Wakefield said people who believe no harm was done to
Ben should think again.
He said before Ben was preyed upon by Ellis he had promising
scholastic and sporting careers ahead of him. She has also
turned him away from his family.
"It's all down the drain now. He dropped out of school at
Year 10 when all this became public," Sgt Wakefield said.
"She is a straight out-and-out sex offender pedophile and
is a danger to children."
Sgt Wakefield revealed he had offered to be interviewed
by 60 Minutes but was turned down.
"They probably wouldn't like what they
heard from me," he said.
Herald Sun (19-11-2005)
Mark Buttler/ Craig Binnie
Teacher Sex Case Appeal Bid Fails
Former Melbourne physical education teacher Karen Louise
Ellis has failed in her bid to appeal against her jail
sentence for having sex with a teenage boy.
The 37-year-old teacher pleaded guilty to six charges of
sexual penetration with a child under 16 after having a
six-and-a-half week affair with the Year 10 student in 2003.
Ellis was originally sentenced in the Victorian County
Court to 22 months jail wholly suspended for three years.
In May this year the Court of Appeal upheld an appeal by
the DPP and resentenced Ellis to two years and eight months
jail with six months to be served immediately and the
Today, High Court justices Michael Kirby, Ken Hayne and
Ian Callinan rejected her application to appeal the sentence
imposed by the Court of Appeal.
"It is unlikely that the Court of Appeal gave no
consideration of the discretions available to the
sentencing judge," Justice Kirby said.
"We are not convinced that a miscarriage of
justice occurred in this case."
Herald/ Weekly Times (9-9-2005)
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Student Love Letters Legal
VICTORIAN law is powerless to prevent a female teacher
convicted of having sex with a teenage student from
continuing to maintain a relationship from her jail cell.
Karen Ellis, 37, a mother of three serving a minimum
six-months' jail, reportedly wrote letters to her former
lover, Benjamin Dunbar, now 17.
Her husband, Steven Ellis, who supported his wife during
her trial, confirmed yesterday the pair had separated.
Ellis was convicted of sexual penetration of a minor after
she admitted having a sexual relationship with the boy when
he was 15 and in Year 10 at the Melbourne high school where she was a teacher.
A Melbourne newspaper published claims yesterday from an
inmate at the Tarrengower prison in central Victoria that
the two were plotting a reunion.
A spokesman for the Victorian Office of Public Prosecution
said there was nothing to prevent Ellis contacting the boy
unless she was stalking him.
Solicitors for Ellis's husband also have video footage of her
cavorting with the schoolboy on Victoria's south coast while
holidaying with her children.
The footage was taken after Ellis walked free after a court
gave her a suspended sentence.
That decision was overturned on appeal in May, when she was
sentenced to 32 months in prison.
The Australian (28-6-2005)
Student Abuser Sent To Jail
A FEMALE teacher who pleaded guilty to having a
sexual relationship with a 15-year-old boy will
spend six months in prison after originally being
given a suspended sentence.
The Victorian Court of Appeal today overturned the
original 22-month suspended sentence imposed by a
County Court judge on mother-of-three Karen Louise Ellis, 37.
Following the crown prosecutor's appeal against the
sentence, the court resentenced her to two years and
eight months' jail, suspending all but six months.
Ellis had pleaded guilty to six counts of sexual
penetration with a boy under 16.
Ellis's lawyer Chester Metcalfe said his client was
"She's pretty devastated; we're all devastated," Mr
Metcalfe said outside the court.
"She's taking it pretty hard at the moment as you
"It's been a pretty long road."
Ellis had not yet spoken to her family and might
consider an appeal, Mr Metcalfe said.
"We're looking at that at the moment," he said.
"We haven't had a good chance to go through the
judgment at the moment.
"We'll look at the rights of appeal but she's
devastated as you can expect."
'Narelle', the mother of the teen who had the
affair with Ellis, said justice had been done.
"Hopefully she'll sit in (jail) for a while and
think about how she has affected so many people," she told Southern Cross radio.
When Sex Clouds Law
I'M having a bit of a moral
dilemma, so help me out here.
I've called friends, I've read
countless newspapers, I've sat
glued to the six o'clock news and
had a good chat to my partner about
his feelings for his saxophone teacher
when he was a wee slip of a thing at
But I still don't know if Karen Ellis.
the 36-year-old gym teacher who had
penetrative sex with 15-year-old male
student Benjamin Dunbar, should go
I mean, she did break the law that
makes it criminal to have sex with
anybody under the age of 16. And it's
a good law, one that's been put in
place to protect the rights and innocence of children.
Without it God
knows where society would be -
Pitcairn Island, perhaps.
She also broke the sanctity of the
teacher/student relationship and was
fornicating when she should have been
educating. But the judge let her walk
free from court.
Critics have screamed foul, demanding she suffer the same fate of that
other sexual predator, Gavin Hopper,
who slept with a 14-year-old student
and was given a minimum 3-year
Parents are outraged at the decision- Crime Victims Support Association president
Noel McNamara called
it a "disgrace" and child rights campaigner Hetty Johnston said the
sentence "made a mockery of the law".
It may have been the wrong ruling
in the eyes of many but I can't help
feeling it was the right ruling.
Yes. You heard me correct, wipe the
cornflakes off your paper.
ruling. Why? Well the victim in this
case stood in the dock and said he
instigated the relationship, said it
wasn't his first sexual dalliance and it
had brought him no emotional problems. He supported her in court and
begged the judge not to send "a good
person" to jail.
So I ask you, members of the jury,
has a crime been committed
when the victim was an instigator
Who suffered no harm?
I've been amazed by the fury which
has come down on this woman. She's
been labelled as the sole perpetrator.
She has lost her Job, she's banned from
working with children either in a paid
or voluntary capacity and must notify
police when she goes on holiday,
changes address or has children visit
her house. Her husband and family
have been publicly humiliated and
see's been called a pedophile.
And this is where I get myself all in
knots. I know that in the eyes of the
law, a 15-year-old is viewed as a minor
- a child. But I look at the photos of
the two of them and I see two grown-
up people getting it on.
The newspapers are calling him a
child. But I see a young man who was
old enough to know what he was
doing. I see a bloke who was happy
with the situation and probably got a
few high-fives from his mates for scoring with the "hottie" teacher.
I also see a woman who was nothing
more than stupid. She gave in to her
primal urges to fill a lonely void in her
life. She wasn't acting in loco parentis,
she was livin' la vida loca.
And then I realise my problem. I'm
being seduced by images.
I'm looking at it like it's an episode
on the TV show The OC. It's a little
bit sexy, the cast is good-looking and
it seems everybody had a fun time.
But turn off the TV and bring the
story back to real life. Karen Ellis had
sex with a child in her care six times.
This was wrong, society says it's wrong
and so does the law. She knowingly
and willingly committed a crime.
And so it's with a heavy heart I
concede: the judge was wrong and the
law should have stood, regardless of
gender, impetus or outcome.
However, I still have one question.
Are we as a society prepared to re-
define what constitutes an adult? Instead of drawing lines in the sand
around young people according to
their age, are we ready to define an
"adult" by a person's behaviour, by
their physiological development and
their state of mind?
It's a big call. but I'm willing to
consider it. Are you?
Sunday Mail (14-11-2004)
Teacher Sex Fury
Anger greeted a judge's decision
yesterday not to jail a female
teacher who had a sexual relationship with a 15-year-old student.
Mother-of-three Karen Louise Ellis,
37, walked free when she was given a
suspended sentence of 22 months' jail.
The former physical education
teacher pleaded guilty to having sex
with Benjamin Dunbar, now 16, six
times at her North Eltham home while
her husband was away in October and
November last year.
"I got exactly what I deserved," she
said as she left the County Court.
But there was community anger
over the sentence and claims of
Critics compared her case with that
of disgraced sports teacher and tennis
coach Gavin Hopper, who was jailed for
at least two years over an affair with a
14-year-old female student.
Judge John Smallwood said the case
against Ellis was "greatly different".
He said Hopper had shown absolutely no remorse and the victim had
"Those factors do not exist in this
particular situation to anything like
the extent they occurred in Hopper,
and it's my view that in circumstances
such as these, comparisons are very
dangerous," Judge Smallwood said.
But Crime Victims Support Association president Noel McNamara said it
was a disgrace Ellis got off lightly
compared with Hopper.
"It's setting a double standard. She
should have known better. The sentences should have been equal," he said.
"It appears we have one law for one
gender and one law for another gender
according to the justice, system.
"I feel for the boy and his mother."
Australian Council of State School
Organisations president Judith Bundy
called for consistency in sentencing.
Ms Bundy said she doubted whether
a male teacher would have got off as
lightly. The gender of a sex offender
should not matter, she said.
"There's the issue of trust and teachers are in a position of trust. Parents
don't expect them to be abusing that
trust by having a sexual relationship
with a student," Ms Bundy said.
Child rights campaign Hetty
Johnston said the sentence
made a mockery of the law.
"In the eyes of the law he is not,
of a maturity to deal with this and
there will be an impact, for the boy
just as there would for a girl."
Ellis pleaded guilty to six
counts or sexual penetration
with a child under 16. Each
count carries a maximum jail
sentence of 15 years.
She will be added to the sex
offenders registry and won't be
able to teach again.
But Judge Smallwood -said the
public ridicule and personal
shame she had suffered was a
severe punishment in itself.
"You and your family have
now braved a lengthy period of
time being subjected to what
could fairly be described as public ridicule," he told her.
"You have brought that upon
yourself and you have brought it
upon your family."
Outside court, Ellis said her
reputation had been ruined
and she had no one to blame
"That's my own fault, I destroyed that anyway, so I've got
to face that," she said.
Benjamin was in court to support his former teacher.
A friend of the teenager told
the Herald Sun Benjamin was
still angry his mother had reported the affair to police.
Benjamin, who left school
after Year 10, is now estranged
from his mother and lives with
"I think this has made him
grow up very quickly," friend
"I think he's just pleased it is
all over. Now be feels he can
Ellis began an affair with Benjamin in September last year,
when the pair exchanged kisses
in the gym of the northern
suburbs high school.
The court heard Ellis had
unprotected sex with her pupil
in her bed while her husband
was at work between October 10
and November 24.
Benjamin's mother reported
the relationship to police after
seeing her son getting into Ellis'
car outside the school grounds.
The court was told Benjamin
initiated the affair.
His mother's victim impact
statement revealed the trauma,
distress and grief the relationship caused her.
But Benjamin, who also tendered a statement to court, did
not regard himself as a victim.
"At no stage has this affected
my life. If anything I've gained,"
"I was very frustrated with my
mum because she didn't, talk to
me about it before she went to
the police, however at no stage
do I blame her for any of this.
"I'd like to say ... I am very
capable of making my own decisions and I'm very mature for
"The only way this will affect
me is if she was to go to prison or
was harshly sentenced. I would
feel guilty because I know that
she's a good person."
Judge Smallwood said there
was no reason she should not,
accept Benjamin's views as genuine and that of a mature teenager.
"Benjamin not only consented
but, on his description and on
the accused's. Initiated the conduct. It is clear that she initially
resisted but ultimately became
involved," he said.
The judge said Ellis was
clearly aware of the law in relation to teachers and students
"You agreed that it was inappropriate for such relationships
to occur," he said.
"You told police that you
didn't even stop to think about
age, but when you found out he
was turning 16 you knew you
were in trouble then."
Judge Smallwood said Ellis
was not a predator, had not
acted for sexual gratification
alone and had not taken away
"It cannot be said that it was a
simple act of exploitation. He
says there was no damage or
It is not up to me to speculate
as to whether there may or may
not be in the future."
Ellis was having problems in
her marriage at the time, not
coping with the long absences of
her husband who often travelled
interstate for work.
Since her arrest Ellis had
suffered depression, sleeplessness, social withdrawal and suicidal thoughts.
Prison would prove a particular hardship for her because she
was raising three children, one
with a serious medical condition, Judge Smallwood said.
Ellis has been declared a serious sexual offender and will be
placed on the sex offenders
registry for 15 years.
Her 22-month jail sentence was
suspended far three years on
condition she does not re-offend.
She is banned from working
with children in a paid or voluntary capacily and must notify
police when she goes on holiday,
changes address or has children
visit her house.
Herald Sun (11-11-2004)
Predators Of A Different Kind
Gavin Maxwell Hopper
and Karen Louise Ellis
are both sexual predators
who had carnal relationships with young people
in their care.
They both taught,
physical education and
seriously breached the
bond of trust that should
exist between a teacher
and a pupil.
Hopper, 48, seduced a
14-year-old girl for several
years in the 1980s, and Ellis
last year had a brief affair
with a 15-year-old boy. But
while Hopper was jailed in
August for 3 1/2yrs with a
minimum term of two
years and three months
Ellis, 37, yesterday walked
free from the court.
Sentencing Ellis to a
22-month suspended jail
term, Judge John Smallwood said no comparison
could be made with the
No two cases are the
same in the eyes of the
law but the differences
between Hopper and Ellis
were marked and had little to do with the gender
of their victims.
Ellis was not treated
more leniently than Hopper because she had sex
with a boy who seemed
happy about it.
According to the evidence in his trial, Judge
Graeme Crossley's sentencing remarks and
other evidence that has
come to light, Hopper was
a cunning sexual hunter
who sought out young
girls to seduce. He was
notorious at Wesley College for his attraction to
young girls and his predatory behaviour.
Judge Crossley noted
Hopper had no remorse.
He played his victim along,
enmeshed her in a suffocating relationship from
which she felt she could
not escape and shattered
Ellis' relationship with
the boy was in some
senses naive. They went
to movies like an ordinary
couple and held hands.
Ellis and the boy had sex,
at her North Eltham home
in a six-week period She
behaved like a teenager
and bombarded him with
SMS messages like he was
The law also gives generous sentencing discounts for people prepared to admit their guilt.
Hopper denied all
knowledge of the sexual
relationship with his victim, tried to paint her as
deranged and made her
go through a harrowing
County Court trial.
Judge Crossley said
brought about a significant change in his victim's personality and led
to years of psychological
problems for her. He criticised the young girl's figure and she developed an
eating disorder striving to
please her demanding
and domineering lover.
Unlike Hopper, Ellis admitted her offending at
the earliest opportunity
und pleaded guilty to all
the charges against, her.
The mother of three admitted the affair was her
fault and not the boy's. A
sexual relationship between a teacher and a
pupil was wrong, she said.
Ellis knows her suspended sentence means if
she offends again she will
go straight to jail and,
unlike Hopper, she had
some remorse. Although it
was not the most important consideration in her
sentence, the fact her victim did not believe he was
a victim was important.
The boy said he was
not scarred by the affair
and he regarded Ellis as
Hopper is a sleazy man
who used his victim like a
puppet, destroyed her
youth, robbed her of her
confidence and lied and
connived to cover it up.
Ellis is a foolish woman
who romantically attached herself to a boy
less than half her age.
She abused his trust
but not in a deeply nasty
way like Hopper. She also
knew she was wrong and
admitted her guilt. That's
why Hopper went to jail
and Ellis walked free.
Herald Sun (11-11-2004)
Sex Teacher escapes Jail
There was no real penalty for Karen Louise Ellis
but a damaged reputation
after the former teacher was
given a suspended sentence
yesterday for her affair with
a 15-year old schoolboy.
The former physical education teacher had pleaded
guilty to having sex with
Benjamin Dunbar, now 16, six
times at her Melbourne home
while her husband was away.
"I got exactly what I deserved," she said as she left
the County Court.
Judge Smallwood said the
public ridicule and personal
shame she had suffered was a
severe punishment in itself.
"You and your family have
now braved a lengthy period
of time being subjected to
what could fairly be described
as public ridicule," he told
her, "You have brought that
Upon yourself and you have
brought it upon your family.
"By your own actions you
have spent a large part of a
year living what would appear
to have been something of a
freak show." Outside court,
Ellis said her reputation had
been ruined and she had no
one to blame but herself.
"That's my own fault. I destroyed that anyway, so I've
got to face that," she said.
There was community
anger over the sentence and
claims of double standards.
Critics compared her case
with that of disgraced sports
teacher and tennis coach
Gavin Hopper, who was jailed
for at least two years and
three months over an affair
with a 14-year-old girl
student. They questioned if
Ellis was treated more
leniently because the victim
Judge John Smallwood said
the case against Ellis was
"greatly different" from Hopper's. He said Hopper had
shown no remorse and the
victim had suffered considerably, Ellis' young victim
Benjamin was in court to support his former teacher.
Ellis, 37, was given a suspended sentence of 22 months
jail. She will be added to the
sex offenders registry and
won't be able to teach again.
Crime Victims Support Association president Noel
McNamara said it was a disgrace Ellis got off lightly compared to Hopper.
"It appears we have one law
for one gender and one law for
another gender," he said.
The court heard Ellis' affair
with the student became
known when Benjamin's
mother reported the relationship to police after spotting
her son getting into his
teacher's car outside the
Benjamin, who left school
after failing Year 10, now is
estranged from his mother
and lives with his grandparents. In a statement tendered to the court he said he
did not regard himself as a
victim. "At no stage has this
affected my life. If anything
I've gained." Benjamin wrote.
Adelaide Advertiser (11-11-2004)
Blame Me, husband Says of Wife's Student Affair
THE husband of a
teacher who had a sexual
relationship with a school-
boy told a court yesterday
he was partly to blame.
Wayward wife Karen
Louise Ellis, 37, was under
strain at home with an absent husband when she began her illicit affair with a
15-year-old student, he said.
In the County Court in
Melbourne to support the
Stephen Ellis said he travelled Interstate for work and
had neglected his wife.
"She sometimes indicated
that l did not show enough
affection towards her," he
said. "If I had seen those
problems I probably would
have stopped going away.
"When you're travelling
away quite frequently you
tend to lose touch a little bit
with your marriage."
Mr Ellis said he had moved
out of their Eltham North
home briefly after learning of
the affair but since had returned and wanted to repair
the marriage. "I just hope it
can all be finished and we
can go back to our normal
life," he said.
Ellis pleaded guilty yesterday to having sex with the
teenager while her husband
was away on business last
year. The affair began in September when the pair
exchanged Kisses in the
school gym and blossomed
into a sexual relationship
within a month.
The court heard the physi-
cal education teacher had
sex with her pupil six times
in the Ellis family home between October 10 and November 24. She sent almost
500 text messages to the
boy's mobile phone in three
months and received 123
phone messages from him.
The affair was revealed
when the boy's mother saw
the two getting into Ellis' car
outside the schoolgrounds.
In police interviews, Ellis
acknowledged the relationship was inappropriate and
unlawful but said she had
not really considered his age
at the time. "I'm not blaming
(him) because he was only 15
for God's sake. It was my
fault," she told investigators.
"Of course it was wrong. It
should not have happened.
"He's only young. I should
have known better. He was
Just going on his feelings,
they were pretty strong."
The boy, who cannot be
named, failed Year 10 and
severed all contact with his
immediate family after the
affair ended. He now lives
with his grandparents and is
studying at TAFE.
Ellis resigned from her
teaching position at the
northern suburbs high
school but has kept in contact with the teenager, who
now is 16.
He appeared at yesterday's hearing to show support for Ellis. He told the
court he was not scarred by
the relationship and did not
consider himself a victim.
Defence lawyer Brian
Bourke said the pair's relationship was forbidden
only in the eyes of the law,
and asked the court to spare
his client Jail.
"He's a victim because of
some provision in some act
of Parliament that makes
some restriction in relation
to age and that's all it is." he
said. "This wasn't the first
time he was involved is some
sort of sexual contact. This
is not the sort ot conduct
that should end this
Prosecutor Kieran Gilligan
said Ellis had committed a
gross breach ot trust.
Judge John Smallwood
hands down his sentence on
Adelaide Advertiser (5-11-2004)
Sex Tryst Teacher's Husband Moves Out
THE husband of accused temptress
teacher Karen Louise Ellis has moved out
of the family home.
Only a week after revelations that Ms
Ellis had deep feelings for her schoolboy
lover, her husband, Stephen Ellis, confirmed he had left.
Asked whether he was still living at
their home in leafy Eltham North, he said:
"No. I don't want to comment... I've just
dropped around, OK?"
Neighbours said the pair built their
slick modern, double-storey home with a
swimming pool and settled in 1997.
The family was popular in the neighbourhood where the three Ellis children,
aged 13, 10 and eight, regularly played
with other kids. But their life of suburban
bliss was shattered late last year when
Ms Ellis's illicit affair with one of her
students was exposed.
Ms Ellis, 36, is accused of sleeping with
a 15-year-old student on six occasions
between October 10 and November 24,
Their first sexual encounter occurred in
the master bedroom of the Ellis family
home. It emerged in court last week that
Ms Ellis had told police she and the boy
were in love and that, she thought they
might still be together in different
"It isn't just about sex. Honestly, if I
split up ... tomorrow with my husband
and (the boy) was 18, I would imagine we
would still continue to see each other,"
Ms Ellis has pleaded guilty to six
counts of sexual penetration with a child
Stephen Ellis, a plumber and keen
footy fan, would not confirm whether he
and his wife would stay married for the
sake of their three children, as one source
Neighbours said activity at the house
has been inconsistent and it remained
unclear who was living there. Mr Ellis did
not attend his wife's committal hearing
last week despite his presence at her
previous court appearances.
A Crime, Not Fantasy
boys live life
day they open the batting for Australia, race Formula One,
discover the secret of
man-powered flight, and
seduce whoever happens
to be the hottest pop
singer that week.
At some stage they will
also probably fantasise that
they kill their enemies, belt their father on the nose and
sleep with the attractive
young school teacher because she begs them for it.
Fantasy is part of the
confusion and delight of
growing up, although most
lads do no harm with it
because they recognise
there is a line to reality that will never be crossed.
Still, like the toddler who
likes to jump off the roof and
prove he is Superman, they
need protection from their
fantasy world at times and
that is why the adults in
their lives have to guide,
advise, and protect them.
When an adult fails that trust they are committing one of the greatest failures possible.
When they breach it deliberately, and exploit the child
as it emerges from the adolescent fog that adult is
guilty of evil.
So it is with Karen
Louise Ellis, teacher, and
Forget the nudge-nudge
wink-wink macho men, it
makes no difference that she
has seduced a male child.
She is as guilty as any
pedophile of creating evil
and destroying lives.
But there is a double
standard here highlighted
by the public outrage over
another seducer of school-
children, the former tennis
coach Gavin Hopper.
When the court heard
how he had seduced a
young girl over several years his actions were considered despicable.
Karen Ellis did precisely
the same thing with a young
boy over a shorter time, but
a large section of Melbourne
wallowed in it like some type
Have a look at these two,
all blond hair and suntans.
Karen Ellis and Gavin Hopper could be brother
They are peas in the same
Both are a disgrace to
their calling her- because they
seduced, manipulated and
exploited children to whom
they had a duty of care.
ELLIS appeared in the
Melbourne Magistrates' Court last week
and pleaded guilty to six
counts of having sex with a
child under 16.
Theoretically she faces up
to 25 years in jail, but that
Hopper is already serving
a minimum of 27 months
in jail after being found
guilty of three counts of
indecent assault and six of
It says much about male
sexuality that the judgment of society is less
damning of Ellis.
To some, a man exploiting a young woman is outrageous, but a woman exploiting a young man is
It makes no difference that
in both cases the victim consented. Young teenagers are
confused and fragile.
It is cruel to use them as a
type of trophy for men or
women who want to boost
their egos, play power
games, or satisfy their lust.
Unlike Hopper, Ellis has
had the decency to plead
guilty, which reduces the
painful court procedure but
means the extent of her exploitation and manipulation
may never become public.
But it is clear this person
is not normal.
No normal 36-year-old
woman sends 499 phone text
messages to a 15-year-old
boy, and calls him 50 times.
No normal teacher offers a
child sex, followed by McDonald's for lunch, then back
to school. Even after being
charged she has continued
to see him, something the
courts should have banned
as a bail condition.
Imagine the outrage if a
male teacher who had seduced a young girl continued to swan around the
streets with her like some
Women can be just as
predatory as men.
Young boys are susceptible to the same hurt, confusion and long term disastrous consequences as any
young girl subjected to the
The pain of this will burn
I have talked at length to
the boy's mother who does
not want to speak publicly
because she is estranged
from him and that is tearing
She is anxious not to
widen the rift, but she tells
of a loving and close family
destroyed by this self-
obsessed blonde predator.
The boy has been fooled
and believes this woman
really cares for him.
He blames his mother for
going to the police and
breaking them up.
Ellis's own family- her
husband and three children, has been deeply hurt
and embarrassed by this
woman's actions, something of which she seemed
unaware as she strutted
from the court.
Her oldest daughter is
about 12, barely younger
than the boy who was
Imagine her despair
watching her mother's
The Education Department has been relatively
quiet in all this, although
it is clear that the school
has breached its duty of
Friends now say the relationship was obvious, but
nobody in authority at the
school seemed to notice.
Problems like this are not
Over the past three years
10 Victorian state school
teachers have resigned or
been sacked because of inappropriate relationships
TWO of those 10 were
women. How many
- were charged?
Since the Ellis case
became public the school
system has been less than
helpful to the boy's family
and given the continued
breach of trust the figures
show it is time to review
These incidents may
never be stopped, but when
they happen the school
system must help everybody concerned and prosecute those responsible, not
just accept a tactical
Gavin Hopper's exploitation of a young girl hurt
Karen Ellis' selfish
breach of trust also hurt
She now faces the judgment of the law.
Sadly, today, the social
Judgment of her is less
And that is ridiculous.
Student Bombarded With 499 sms messages
A TEACHER bombarded a
15-year-old schoolboy lover
with 499 text messages
during their illicit affair, a
court was told yesterday.
Mother of three Karen Louise
Ellis admitted yesterday to having sex with the student on six
occasions last year, while her
husband was away on business.
The Melbourne Magistrates'
Court heard the pair were in love
and might still be together if the
boy had been older and the
Ellis, 36, of Eltham North,
pleaded guilty yesterday to six
charges of sexual penetration
involving a child under 16.
Their forbidden liaisons were
revealed after the boy's suspicious mother spotted the two
getting into Ellis's car outside
the school grounds.
The mother described their
body language as "lovey-dovey".
The court was told the boy,
who cannot be named, failed Year
10 and became estranged from
his family after the affair ended in
November last year.
Ellis, a petite blonde who
appeared in court dressed in
black and wearing dark sunglasses, resigned from her position as physical education and
health teacher in December.
It is understood the boy and
Ellis remain in contact.
The affair began in September
last year with kisses exchanged
in the school gym, and developed
into a sexual relationship within
a month, the court was told.
Ellis told police the pair were
shooting hoops on the school's
basketball court when the boy
declared: "If I get this in .., you
can give me a kiss."
A month later, the pair went
to Ellis's house, where they
shared a meal and had sex.
Over the next six weeks, they
used Ellis's family home as a
hideaway to have sex and talk.
The boy skipped school once
to be with his lover, who worked
Ellis told police she accepted
she was in the wrong, but had not
really considered the boy's age.
"He wasn't a little boy," she
told police in her interview.
"It actually sounds so ridiculous, but I know (his) feelings.
And I know mine.
"It isn't just about sex. Honestly, if I split up ... tomorrow with
my husband and (the boy) was
18, I would imagine we would still
continue to see each other."
Ellis said the pair regularly sent
love text messages to each other.
Police said phone records
show Ellis text-messaged the
boy 499 times over a three-
month period, and received 123
voice messages from him.
Ellis was supported by her
husband, Stephen, at her last
court appearance, but appeared
without him yesterday.
But her lawyer, Chester Metcalfe, said she continued to have
the support of her family.
Ellis faces a maximum jail
term of 15 years on each charge.
Magistrate Dan Muling
released her on bail and ordered
her to appear in the County
Court on November 4.