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Great Or­mond Street porter ad­mits to 58 child sex crimes

- By Glen Keogh Crime · Society · Child Abuse · Sexual Abuse · Incidents · Violence and Abuse · Great Ormond Street Hospital · London · Wood Green · Wood Green

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’

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