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Former Great Ormond Street Hospital worker admits abusing children

|News, Sexual offences

A former Great Ormond Street Hospital porter has admitted a total of 69 sexual offence charges against children. Paul Farrell, 55, pleaded guilty to sexually abusing eight children between 1985 and 2020. This amounted to at least 500 instances of abuse.

He appeared at Wood Green Crown Court today (Friday, 12 March) 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 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 24 May.

Notes to editors

  • Paul Farrell (DOB: 1/10/1965) is from Camden
  • These charges do not relate to any patients at the hospital at the time
  • Jane Ndeti is a Senior Crown Prosecutor within the Rape and Serious Sexual Offences unit at CPS London North.

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