Pedophile nurse who watched child rape videos branded ‘risk to the public’

A pedophile nurse who uploaded baby rape footage has been disbarred and described as ‘dangerous’ working with patients.

Married with four children, Christopher Ewan, 45, worked in the A&E department at Aintree Hospital in Fazakerley. But during the lockdown, he uploaded more than 100 child rape files, as well as extreme pornographic images showing bestiality.

After his sick crimes came to light, his family’s home in Netherton was targeted by militia, forcing his innocent wife and children to flee. Ewan was given a suspended prison sentence at Liverpool Crown Court in September after admitting three counts of downloading and one count of possessing indecent images of children, as well as possession of a prohibited image of a child and extreme porn.

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Ewan’s wife has since left him and he “lost” his children, the court heard. In what was essentially a foregone conclusion, she was also officially banned from practicing nursing in the UK.

The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), which regulates the register of nurses able to practice in the UK, has published a judgment from a disciplinary hearing concluding that Ewan would remain a potential risk to patients if he were not not written off.

An independent panel concluded: “Although the conviction in question was unrelated to Mr. Ewan’s clinical practice and occurred in a domestic setting, the nature of the criminal conduct is such that it potentially has a impact on patient safety, in particular, the safety of children.

“Children suffer because indecent images are made, possessed and distributed. Offenses involving indecent images of children exploit children and constitute child abuse.

“There is therefore no guarantee that any member of the public in the custody of Mr. Ewan would be safe, or even feel safe, in his care. The panel therefore determined that Mr. Ewan is likely to expose patients at risk of harm in the future, that his conviction, for such grave and morally culpable offenses, brought discredit to the nursing profession and violated the fundamental principles of the profession.”



Christopher Ewan uploaded sickening child sex abuse files

The panel heard that Ewan, who had worked at Aintree since 2013, had been referred to the NMC by Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Merseyside Police.

In September, the court heard Merseyside police knocking on the door of Ewan’s home on June 22, 2020, after receiving a report of ‘suspicious activity’ relating to a Sky broadband account and messaging app Kik Messenger. Officers seized various devices, which were later found to contain 137 Category A images, including 10 videos.

Category A images are classified as depicting the most extreme forms of abuse under sentencing law and involve the rape of children. Police also found 219 category B images, including two videos, 130 category C images, one pseudo abuse (cartoon) image and 21 extreme pornographic images.

Christopher Hopkins, prosecuting in court, said at the sentencing hearing that a Category A image showed a baby girl aged six to 12 months and a Category A video, around 24 minutes, featured children aged eight, seven and four.

Mr Hopkins said: ‘So of their type, these are particularly serious images in the Crown submission.’ Despite the overwhelming evidence and his guilty pleas, a pre-sentence report noted that Ewan initially claimed he did not intentionally upload the images nor did it for sexual gratification.

However, the court heard he later admitted that was not true. Desmond Lennon, defendant, said: “He wholeheartedly agrees to deliberately downloading this material. He also accepts at the time that there was a sexual interest in children and the notes indicate, being pressed, accepts that he remains .”

Mr Lennon said Ewan had been married for 19 years and father of four children, but had developed an interest in adult porn, which the father described as “thrill seeking”. He said that at the time of the offense his client had been off work due to “stress” and his interest in adult pornography had evolved into viewing child sexual abuse images.

Mr Lennon said if Ewan was spared prison he could get ‘the help he perhaps now belatedly recognizes he needs’. The lawyer said: “He understands how this has not only affected him but also people who are very important to him, his wife and children. His wife left him, the marriage is over and his four children were taken from him.”

Mr Lennon said when Ewan’s crimes first became public knowledge it had a ‘catastrophic effect’ on the family, who were then living in Netherton. He said: “The house was vandalized, bricks were thrown through the window, paint was thrown on the front door and people gathered outside, behaving in an intimidating manner. The effect on his children in particular has been devastating.”

Judge Anil Murray told Ewan: “You had good character. More than that, more than having no previous convictions, you were of good character and working as a professional person. By this offense you threw all of this.”

Judge Murray said that by law he had to consider guidelines on whether this sentence should be served immediately, and because Ewan had no history of poor compliance with court orders, he was thought to have a realistic prospect of rehabilitation, and jailing him would have “significant impact” on his family, he was “able to, but narrowly, suspend sentence in this case”.

He sentenced Ewan to 10 months in prison, suspended for two years, with a 40-day rehabilitative activity requirement. Ewan was also ordered to sign the sex offender registry and comply with a sexual abuse prevention order for 10 years.

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