Scottish Daily Mail
Great Ormond Street porter admits to 58 child sex crimes
A FORMER porter at Great Ormond Street Hospital has pleaded guilty to sex crimes against young boys stretching over several decades.
Paul Farrell, 55, admits 58 offences against six children, including one as young as six, from 1985 to earlier this year.
These included attempted rape and sexual assault.
He was employed by the hospital trust in ‘a number of different positions’ from 1994 until he was fired in January this year on his arrest.
At least two victims said he had abused them while they were at the world-renowned hospital.
However, Judge Noel Lucas said: ‘The prosecution have made it clear that this is not a case where it is alleged that Mr Farrell was targeting children at the Great Ormond Street Hospital, rather that children were abused in parts of the hospital in which he had access.
‘There is a very clear distinction between those two.’
At Wood Green Crown Court in north London yesterday, Farrell pleaded guilty to 33 sexual offence charges between 1987 and earlier this year.
He had admitted 25 f urther charges at an earlier hearing. Offences included sex assault on a boy aged six to seven between 1988 and 1990, on one aged eight and nine between 2007 and 2009 and on one under 13 ‘during lockdown’ this year.
He had admitted indecency with a child between seven and nine between 1985 and 1987 and attempted rape on a boy at least five times between 2017 and 2018. His six victims are now aged between eight and 43.
He also admits making Category A indecent photographs of children – the worst kind – around January of this year.
Farrell denies a further 21 charges, including rape and paying for the sexual services of a child.
The porter, who is single, lived in a council flat in Camden, north London, with his parents, who have both died in recent months. He is one of three children and also has two half-siblings. One male relative said Farrell did not keep in touch but the family was ‘shell-shocked’.
A spokesman for Great Ormond Street Hospital said: ‘These are truly awful charges and we know that our hospital community, including our patient families, will have concerns or questions.
‘We are continuing to work closely with the police.’
Farrell is due to appear in court again in February next year.
‘Abuse took place in the hospital’