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Name: KAREN LOUISE ELLIS

Age: 46 yrs old (2013)

State: Victoria-Melbourne/Eltham North

Sentence: 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.

Offence/Other: 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)..


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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 remainder suspended.
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)
Natasha Robinson


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 distraught.
"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 can expect.
"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.

AAP (5-5-2005)


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 high school.
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 to jail.
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 sentence.
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. The right 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)
Amanda Blair


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 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 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 suffered considerably.
"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 but herself.
"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 his grandparents.
"I think this has made him grow up very quickly," friend John said.
"I think he's just pleased it is all over. Now be feels he can move forward."
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," he wrote.
"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 my age.
"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 having relationships,
"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 Benjamin's innocence.
"It cannot be said that it was a simple act of exploitation. He says there was no damage or psychological trauma.
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)
Christine Caulfield


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 Hopper case.
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 her emotionally.
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 her boyfriend.
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 Hopper's offending 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 the victim.
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)
Norrie Ross


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 was male.
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 school grounds.
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)
Christine Caulfield


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 mother-of-three, plumber 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 woman's liberty."
Prosecutor Kieran Gilligan said Ellis had committed a gross breach ot trust.
Judge John Smallwood hands down his sentence on Wednesday.

Adelaide Advertiser (5-11-2004)
Christine Caulfield


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, 2003. '
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 circumstances.
"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," she said.
Ms Ellis has pleaded guilty to six counts of sexual penetration with a child under 16.
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 suggested.
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.

AAP (29-8-2004)
Carly Crawford


A Crime, Not Fantasy

MOST teenage boys live life as fantasy, believing one 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 pedophile.
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 of porno-treat.
Have a look at these two, all blond hair and suntans.
Karen Ellis and Gavin Hopper could be brother and sister.
They are peas in the same sleazy pod.
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 won't happen.
Hopper is already serving a minimum of 27 months in jail after being found guilty of three counts of indecent assault and six of gross indecency.
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 good luck.
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 lovesick teenager.
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 same abuse.
The pain of this will burn for years.
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 her apart.
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 seduced.
Imagine her despair watching her mother's infamy.
The Education Department has been relatively quiet in all this, although it is clear that the school has breached its duty of care, too.
Friends now say the relationship was obvious, but nobody in authority at the school seemed to notice.
Problems like this are not unprecedented.
Over the past three years 10 Victorian state school teachers have resigned or been sacked because of inappropriate relationships with students.
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 those protocols.
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 resignation.
Gavin Hopper's exploitation of a young girl hurt many people.
Karen Ellis' selfish breach of trust also hurt many people.
She now faces the judgment of the law.
Sadly, today, the social Judgment of her is less damning.
And that is ridiculous.

AAP (24-8-2004)
Neil Mitchell


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 circumstances different.
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 only part-time.
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.

AAP (18-8-2004)
Chloe Adams





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