Peter Hugh McGregor Ellis

Peter Hugh McGregor Ellis

Born Mar 30, 1958

Peter Hugh McGregor Ellis is a former Christchurch child care worker who has been at the centre of one of New Zealand's most enduring judicial controversies. In June 1993 Ellis was found guilty in the High Court on 16 counts of sexual offences involving children in his care at the Christchurch Civic Creche and was sentenced to 10 years' imprisonment.… Read More

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1958 Birth Born in 1958.


1975 17 Years Old Ellis is the eldest of four children. His parents were teachers who separated when he was nine. He left school at the end of 1975 and went tobacco picking in Motueka. … Read More


He was prosecuted and convicted in 1986 of "misleading a social welfare officer", and sentenced to 80 hours community service.


1991 33 Years Old 1 More Event
The case began in November 1991 when a mother, who was a sexual abuse counsellor and self-diagnosed victim of sexual abuse, allegedly heard her four-year-old son say that he "didn't like Peter's black penis." … Read More
On 30 March 1992, Ellis was arrested and charged with sexually abusing a child at the creche.
1993 35 Years Old In June 1993 Ellis was convicted of 16 counts of sexual offences involving seven children. … Read More


1998 40 Years Old In November 1998, Ellis presented a second petition to the Governor General seeking a Royal Commission on Inquiry into his case, and either a free pardon or for the whole case to be referred back to the Court of Appeal. … Read More
In 1999 the Ellis case was referred to the Court of Appeal for a second time. … Read More
2002 44 Years Old The Ellis case is highly controversial, with many New Zealanders believing he is innocent. A poll of 750 adults conducted in 2002 by the National Business Review revealed that 51% thought Ellis was innocent, 25% thought he was guilty, and 24% were unsure. The case has been linked with the day care sexual abuse hysteria, a moral panic that originated out of California in 1982 and that existed throughout the 1980s. … Read More
2003 45 Years Old And if I don't say anything, Peter Ellis will keep going around saying he's innocent and more people will believe him," stated 'Tom' in a 2003 newspaper interview. … Read More
2005 47 Years Old 1 More Event
In 2005, he suffered a heart attack and required hospitalisation.
2007 49 Years Old In late 2007 and January 2008, three articles on the Ellis case were published in The New Zealand Law Journal. … Read More


2008 50 Years Old Francis's articles and Hayne's research were cited in January 2008 by Ellis's counsel when making a renewed request that the Ministry of Justice establish a Royal Commission of Inquiry into the case, but Associate Justice Minister Rick Barker rejected this approach in March 2008. … Read More
2011 53 Years Old 1 More Event
Ellis continues to campaign to clear his name, in 2011 he announced intention to lodge a fourth petition for pardon with the Governor General.
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