July 2019

Derby paedophile who changed his name is snared by dropped credit card

A Derby paedophile who changed his name to try and rid himself of his past life had his true identity revealed when he dropped a credit card in a restaurant.

That card, which carried the name Scott Cordner, was found by friends who knew him by his new identity – Ellis McLeod.

Thinking it was suspicious they Googled “Scott Cornder” and discovered he had recently been released part way though an eight-year jail term for sexually abusing young girls.

And when they told police of the discovery it was found that the 46-year-old had been in regular contact with an underage girl which he was forbidden from doing by law.

And he had also not told the police of his new name, again which he was required to do as part of his post-sentence release licence.

McLeod, of Abbey Street and who has been recalled to jail to carry out what is remaining of his eight-year sentence has been handed a fresh 21-month prison term which will run concurrently alongside it.

Judge Jonathan Bennett said: “You were out in a restaurant earlier this year and you left a credit card.

“Your friends saw that credit card and realised it had a different name on it.

“They made their own enquiries on the internet and came up with information about your past offending.

“You realised the game was up.

“I have read a letter you have sent me and it is very much about you and the effect this has had on you.

“It is a very self-centred letter.”

In 2014 McLeod, then known as Cordner and of Ferrers Road, Yoxall, Staffordshire, was jailed for six years after admitting sexual activity with one youngster, three charges of sexually assaulting a second girl and nine counts of making indecent images of children.

That hearing was told how he and a second man met in an internet chat room and after exchanging disgusting messages about sexual offences against children, did it for real.

Later the same year his sentence was increased to eight years at the Court of Appeal who deemed the original sentence as being unduly lenient.

Presiding over that hearing, Lord Justice Pitchford said: “There was, in this case, undoubtedly remorse – the men were, on reflection, shocked by their own depravity.

“We do, however, accept the submissions of the attorney general.

“We conclude that the sentence was unduly lenient. It was a depraved sexual assault on an infant child.”

Wife checked computer
The offences against the first girl came to light when McLeod’s then wife was using her husband’s computer in January 2013 and found his sick online conversations with the second man.

The second case came to light when another girl reported to Childline that she had been sexually assaulted.

For his latest offence McLeod pleaded guilty to breaching the terms of his sexual offences protection order and his notification requirements.

October 2014

Staffordshire paedophiles who abused two-year-old girl have jail terms increased after appeal by Attorney General

Two Staffordshire businessmen who abused a two-year-old girl after meeting on a paedophile internet chat room have seen their sentences increased following an appeal.

Robert Dunn, 47, and Scott Cordner, 42, will each spend two more years behind bars after a Court Of Appeal judge ruled their original sentences were “unduly lenient.”

Dunn was jailed for two years and eight months and Cordner for six years at Stafford Crown Court in August.

But after an appeal by the Attorney General, Dunn will now serve four years and eight months and Cordner eight years.

Lord Justice Pitchford said: “There was, in this case, undoubtedly remorse – the men were, on reflection, shocked by their own depravity.

“We do, however, accept the submissions of the attorney general. We conclude that the sentence was unduly lenient. It was a depraved sexual assault on an infant child.”

Back in August, Dunn, of The Parks, Trentham, pleaded guilty to sexual activity with the two-year-old and five offences of making indecent images of children.

And Cordner, of Ferrers Road, Yoxall, was jailed after he sexually abused another young girl and continued to download indecent images of children from the internet while on bail.

He admitted sexual activity with the two-year-old, three charges of sexually assaulting the other girl and nine counts of making indecent images of children.

Dunn – who used the names Sally Jones on the web – exchanged messages with co-accused Cordner before carrying out their fantasies for real.

During the police operation, both defendants’ computers were seized and indecent images of children found on both.

At the original sentencing, Judge Mark Eades told them: “You both have a dark secret – you are both attracted to young girls.

“It’s easy to hide that in the privacy of your own home, behind your computer.

“The evil doesn’t stop there, the more you view these pictures, the easier it is to persuade yourself it’s really not so bad, that most people talk about it in internet chat rooms. The trouble with this is it can lead to the execution of these acts, which is what happened in this case.”

At the Court of Appeal lawyers for the pair urged the judges not to increase the sentence. They said they had shown remorse and were doing what they could to address their problems.

August 2014

Businessmen jailed for child sex attacks

Two successful businessmen who sexually abused a young girl have been jailed by a judge.

BUSINESSMAN Robert Dunn sexually abused a two-year-old girl after meeting a fellow paedophile in an internet chat room.

The married 47-year-old’s reputation was today in tatters after he was jailed for 32 months for the assault on the toddler.

Dunn – who used the names Sally Jones and lovethosebumps on the web – exchanged messages with co-accused Scott Cordner before carrying out their fantasies for real.

Stafford Crown Court heard the pair spoke about meeting up and bringing their wives’ underwear with them, as well as their interest in young girls.

Mr Nicholas Cartwright, prosecuting, said both defendants were married family men holding down work in respectable occupations when they carried out the offences against the toddler at a house in Staffordshire.  

He added: “It was planned, the two of them acted together, targeting a very young child.”

Dunn, of The Parks, Trentham, pleaded guilty to sexual activity with the two-year-old and five offences of making indecent images of children.

And Cordner, aged 42, of Ferrers Road, Yoxall, was jailed for six years after he sexually abused another young girl and continued to download indecent images of children from the internet while on bail.

He admitted sexual activity with the two-year-old, three charges of sexually assaulting the other girl and nine counts of making indecent images of children.

The court heard the offences came to light when Cordner’s wife was using her husband’s computer in January last year and found his conversations with Dunn.

Both defendants computers were seized and indecent images of children found on both.

Mr Rupert Lowe, mitigating for Dunn, said the messages with Cordner were ‘a mix of fantasy with reality’.

He said Dunn wrote in a letter ‘I am truly, truly sorry. My wife, brother and mum, who have done nothing wrong, their lives have been turned upside down’.

Mr Lowe added: “He does feel genuine remorse, not only for what he’s done but also for others who have been affected. As to why it happened, I can’t give an explanation and don’t seek to.

“It was an escalating internet chat which led to the activity.”

Jailing both men, Judge Mark Eades told them: “You both have a dark secret – you are both attracted to young girls. It’s easy to hide that secret in the privacy of your own home, behind your computer. It seems harmless but it’s not.

“The evil doesn’t stop there, the more you view these pictures, the easier it is to persuade yourself it’s really not so bad, that most people talk about it in internet chat rooms.

“Some of the disgusting conversations you two had on the internet have been read out, horrible conversations dealing with horrible acts.

“The trouble with that is it can lead to the execution of those acts, which is what happened in this case.”