A PORTER at Great Ormond Street Hospital has been charged with EIGHTY-FOUR child sex offences, The Sun can reveal.
Paul Farrell, 55, allegedly groomed youngsters he met through his work at the world-renowned children’s hospital before sexually abusing them.
The famous children’s hospital said the charges were ‘truly awful’[/caption]
He is accused of a horrifying array of offences including rape, attempted rape and scores of sexual assaults on young boys stretching back 35 years.
Sources stressed there is no present risk to children at the hospital.
Farrell worked at Great Ormond Street Hospital, in Bloomsbury, Central London, from the mid-1980’s until his arrest in January this year.
He is due to appear at North London’s Wood Green Crown Court tomorrow for a plea and directions hearing.
Specialist officers from the Met’s the Central North Command Unit safeguarding team are liaising with hospital authorities as they continue to investigate.
A Great Ormond Street Hospital spokesperson said: “These are truly awful charges and we know that our hospital community, including our patient families, will have concerns or questions.
“Due to the ongoing legal proceedings, we cannot go into the details of the case.
“But we can confirm that the individual who has been charged was dismissed from the Trust and we are continuing to work closely with the police.
“Safeguarding children is fundamental to the care we provide.
“Our policies are in line with national best practice and include swift processes for managing concerns about staff when they are raised.
“As this is an ongoing police investigation, we are not able to say anything further at this current time for legal reasons.”
The Metropolitan Police said: “The charges relate to seven victims, and alleged offences committed between 1985 and 2018.
“He is in custody, and is next due to appear at Wood Green Crown Court on Friday, 27 November for a plea and directions hearing.
“Farrell was arrested on 16 January 2020.
”The on-going investigation is being led by officers from the Central North Command Unit safeguarding team.”
Farrell, of Camden, North London, earlier appeared at Highbury Corner magistrates’ court where he was remanded in custody.
He is charged with:
- Two counts of indecency with a child.
- Twenty eight counts of indecent assault on a male.
- Twenty counts of sexual assault of a child under 13.
- Five counts of causing a child under 13 to engage in sexual activity.
- Four counts of sexual activity with a child under 13.
- One count of attempted rape of a child under 13.
- Nine counts of sexual activity with a child under 16.
- Three counts of causing a child under 16 to engage in sexual activity.
- Two counts of attempted rape.
- One count of rape.
Farrell is further accused of one count of paying for sexual services of a child, seven of possessing and making indecent photos and one of having extreme pornographic images.
News of his arrest and the charges against him have shocked relatives, friends and former colleagues at the hospital.
An associate said: “This has come as a big shock. Paul was always a popular character.
“He was a likeable and friendly chap. This news has shocked people to their core.
“He was living a modest life. He went to work and then he spent time with his family.
“Work was a big part of his life. He started out in the laundry and then he became a porter. He worked really hard.
People will be horrified by these charges
An associate of Paul
“He was well liked at work. His role there had a fair bit of responsibility.
“People will be horrified by these charges.”
Great Ormond Street Hospital was founded in 1852 for the dedicated treatment and care of children.
It has the widest range of specialist health services for children in the UK and is the largest paediatric centre for intensive care, cancer treatment, neurosurgery and heart and kidney transplants.
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Latest available figures from last year showed the hospital had 237,908 outpatient visits and 43,218 inpatients in 12 months.
More than half of the children were referred from outside London and a small proportion from overseas.
*Anyone with concerns is urged to call the NSPCC helpline on 0800 101 996 or email [email protected]
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