Great Ormond Street hospital porter admits sex attacks on children

Great Ormond Street hospital porter admits sex attacks on children

Great Ormond Street hospital porter, 55, admits total of 69 sex attacks on eight children over sickening 35-year reign of terror – after police find safe in bedroom of his home filled with child abuse DVDs and photos

  • Paul Farrell pleaded guilty to sexually abusing 8 children between 1985 – 2020
  • The youngest child Farrell abused was believed to be five years old in the 1980s
  • The 55-year-old was arrested in January 2020 and will be sentenced on 28 May

A former Great Ormond Street Hospital porter has today admitted a total of 69 sexual offence charges against children.

Paul Farrell pleaded guilty to sexually abusing eight children between 1985 and 2020. This amounted to at least 500 instances of abuse.

The 55-year-old appeared at Wood Green Crown Court today where other charges were left on file.

The charges Farrell has pleaded guilty to include indecency with a child, causing a child under 16 to engage in sexual activity and indecent assault.

The charges related to eight victims, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, and are now aged between eight and 43.

None of the victims were patients at the London hospital. But at least two of the offences were committed at Great Ormond Street.

The youngest child Farrell abused was believed to be five years old in the 1980s.

Farrell had been a babysitter for some of the children.

He was arrested in January 2020 after victims came forward and spoke to the police.

A search of Farrell’s home address in 2020 discovered a safe in his bedroom which contained numerous indecent DVDs and photographs of children. 

An analysis of his mobile phone also found indecent images of children and extreme pornographic material. He pleaded guilty to a further five counts of possessing indecent images and extreme pornographic material of children in relation to this at a previous hearing.

Jane Ndeti, from the CPS, said: ‘Paul Farrell carried out an appalling campaign of sexual abuse against eight young children over a period of 35 years.

‘He was a prolific sex attacker who presented himself as a loving family man with a stable job in London’s biggest children’s hospital for nearly three decades.

‘Sexual offences against children are abhorrent crimes. These guilty pleas mean that Farrell’s victims will now be spared the ordeal of giving evidence in court.

‘The CPS is committed to securing justice for victims of sexual crimes and will continue to work with the Metropolitan Police Service to prosecute these cases robustly.’

Farrell will be sentenced on 28 May.

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