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Paramedic who posted explicit images of his ex struck off after being jailed
July 22, 2022
A paramedic has been struck off from the profession by a tribunal after he was jailed for posting revenge porn of his former partner on social media.
Gary Ellis was initially arrested in April 2020 in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, after sharing private sexual photos and films of his ex-girlfriend online.
He was handed a suspended prison sentence in December of that year after the 55-year-old admitted the charge, the Daily Mail reports.
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Ellis, who worked as a paramedic for 18 years, then went on to torment his victim again by posting revenge porn for a second time in February 2021.
He was jailed for 30 months at Nottingham Crown Court on March 8 last year for both offences along with breaching the terms of his suspended sentence.
Now a tribunal for the Health and Care Professions Tribunal Service (HCPTS) has banned him from being a paramedic, stating: "[Ellis] engaged in a repeated course of criminal conduct, which resulted in his receiving a sentence of imprisonment for a period of 30 months on March 8, 2021.
"He has provided no evidence to the panel of insight or remorse as to the negative impact of his behaviour on his victim or the reputation of the profession.
"The panel considered [Ellis's] conduct which could properly be described as 'deplorable' by the standards of ordinary, decent members of the public. His behaviour was targeted against that individual and was intended to cause her distress. The panel concluded that the appropriate sanction is a Striking Off Order."
The tribunal heard how Ellis started working for the East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS) NHS Trust in 2002 and was seconded to the role of clinical operations manager in December 2018.
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But his previously "unblemished career" came crashing down in April 2020, when he was arrested by Nottinghamshire Police.
Tina Richardson, deputy director of human resources and organisational development at EMAS said: "In line with our East Midlands Ambulance Service and NHS values, we dealt with the situation in line with our policies as soon as we were made aware of these allegations, and can confirm they no longer work for the organisation.
"We take all complaints and allegations extremely seriously and in addition to following our own internal policies and procedures, we fully cooperated with the HCPC and other regulatory bodies with their investigations, and fully respect the outcome from the HCPC ruling."
In addition to his jail sentence, Ellis was also made subject to an indefinite restraining order preventing any contact with the victim.
It is understood he has since been released from prison.
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