CON­DUC­TOR ABUSED CHOIR­BOY, 9

Dad-of-three told child not to tell any­one

Evening Times - - FRONT PAGE - BY COURT REPORTER

A CON­DUC­TOR who abused a choir­boy in a cathe­dral or­gan room had pre­vi­ously been jailed for lewd be­hav­iour with two other boys.

Joseph Cullen, choir mas­ter at St Aloy­s­ious and St An­drews cathe­dral, abused a nine-year-old boy at the cathe­dral in the early 1980s. The vic­tim said he had viewed Cullen as a ‘sur­ro­gate fa­ther.’

A WORLD-renowned con­duc­tor abused a boy who saw him as a “sur­ro­gate fa­ther”

Joseph Cullen, 58, was the choir mas­ter and or­gan­ist at St An­drews Cathe­dral in Glas­gow and choir mas­ter at St Aloy­sius Church i n Gar­nethill be­tween 1976 and 1985.

The dad-of-three, who has worked at West­min­ster Cathe­dral and with the Lon­don Sym­phony Cho­rus, abused a nine-year-old boy who joined a choir at St An­drews Cathe­dral.

He called the child his “spe­cial friend” and told him not to tell any­one be­cause it was their se­cret.

Cullen, from Leeds, pled guilty at Glas­gow Sher­iff Court to a charge of us­ing lewd and li­bidi­nous con­duct to­wards the school­boy be­tween Jan­uary 1981 and De­cem­ber 1984.

In July 2015 he was jailed for 12 months at the High Court in Glas­gow for two other charges us­ing lewd and li­bidi­nous con­duct at both cathe­drals against two other boys.

The court heard the child joined the choir at nine-year­sold and was a keen singer.

He ex­pe­ri­enced fam­ily prob­lems which was a “mem­o­rable time in his life”.

Procu­ra­tor fis­cal de­pute Niall Mcdonald said: “Cullen be­came more in­volved in the com­plainer’s life, tak­ing him out on trips, driv­ing him home from choir prac­tice and spend­ing time with him.

“He de­scribes Cullen at this time as a ‘ sur­ro­gate fa­ther’.”

The court heard Cullen first at­tacked the boy in the or­gan room at the cathe­dral when he went for choir prac­tice.

The court heard of “sev­eral other oc­ca­sions” when Cullen abused the boy in the or­gan room. Sen­tence was ad­journed.

Joseph Cullen called the boy his ‘spe­cial friend’

Joseph Cullen, 58, was the choir mas­ter and or­gan­ist at St An­drews Cathe­dral

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