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Man who shared sexually explicit images of woman across internet jailed

A man who maliciously shared explicit sexual images of a woman across various internet sites has been jailed.

Gary Ellis, aged 57, was already the subject of a restraining order when he committed the offences in October and December last year.

2020 – Suspended Jail Sentence

Ellis, who was handed a suspended jail sentence in 2020 for similar offences, posted the images under assumed names on pornographic websites and a social media platform.

Private information shared

Included with the images – which could only have been taken by Ellis – were highly personal messages detailing private information about his victim such as her place of work.


Ellis declined to answer officers’ questions when he was arrested in January 2024 but later pleaded guilty to two counts of disclosing private sexual photographs and films without consent and two counts of breaching a restraining order.

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In Crown Court

Appearing at Nottingham Crown Court on Thursday (4 April) Ellis, of Ashworth Drive, Mansfield Woodhouse, was jailed for three years.

‘A shameful violation of victim’s privacy’

PC Abigail Dorricott, of Nottinghamshire Police, said:

“People who commit these offences may think they can hide behind online pseudonyms, but, as Ellis has just found out to his cost, we will track them down and we will hold them to account.

“This kind of offending is deliberately designed to shame and humiliate victims, but the only shame here lies with Ellis.

“His actions were a shameful violation of his victim’s privacy and have quite rightly resulted in a significant custodial sentence.

“His victim, meanwhile, has shown admirable bravery and determination in coming forward, telling us about what was happening and giving compelling evidence against him.

“I hope this sentence provides her with some comfort, and also serves as a warning to others about the potential consequences of posting such private images public spaces.

“Similarly, I hope that any other victims reading this are encouraged to come forward and tell us about their experiences so we can similarly help them.”

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