Paul Farrell

Paul Farrell

Paul Farrell, 55, of Camden, north London, faced 79  charges, including charges of rape, attempted rape, sexual assault of a child under 13, and indecent assault on a male, according to police.  According to the charges, the offending continued until June 2020, with one boy under the age of 13 sexually assaulted “during lockdown”.

The charges related to 7 victims and concern alleged offences committed between 1985 and 2020. The alleged sex offences are against children.

He is a former Porter at Great Ormond Street Hospital. He worked at the Hospital between 1994 and 2020.  A statement from the Trust states that he has been dismissed.

The Charges

The police said that Paul Farrell faced the following charges:

  •  2 counts of indecency with a child
  • 28 counts of indecent assault on a male
  • 20 counts of sexual assault of a child under 13
  • 5 counts of causing a child under 13 to engage in sexual activity
  • 4 counts of sexual activity with a child under 13
  • 1 count of attempted rape of a child under 13
  • 9 counts of sexual activity with a child under 16
  • 3 counts of causing a child under 16 to engage in sexual activity
  •  2 counts of attempted rape
  • 1 count of rape
  • 1 count of paying for sexual services of a child
  • 3 counts of possessing indecent photograph / pseudo-photo of a child
  • 4 counts of making indecent photograph / pseudo-photograph of a child
  • 1 counts of possessing extreme pornographic images

Mr Farrell appeared at Wood Green Crown Court on 5 February 2021, when he was accused of another 17 offences against a boy between the ages of 6 to 11, in the 1990s. He pleaded guilty to 13 of those offences, which included indecent assault on a minor and gross indecency on a child under 14.

Court

Paul Farrell was arrested on 16 January 2020. He first appeared at Highbury Magistrates Court, after being charged.    He is in custody. He appeared at a hearing at Wood Green Crown Court on Friday, 27 November 2020, wearing a red jacket over a blue sweater, and glasses.

Judge Noel Lucas said, on 27 November 2020: "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."

Pleading Guilty

Prior to the hearing on the 27 November 2020, Paul Farrell had admitted 25 counts. At this hearing on 27 November he pleaded guilty to a further 33 charges, 58 in total.  The offences include attempted rape, sexual assault of a child under 13 and making indecent photographs of children. The admitted sexual offences occurred over a period of 35 years against six boys, between 1985 and 2020. The victim survivors are now aged between 8 and 43 years.    The youngest victim was aged between 6 and 7 at the time he was abused in 1988.

The 58 charges Paul Farrell pleaded guilty to include:

  •  2 counts of indecency with a child;
  • 17 counts of indecent assault of a male; 14 counts of sexual assault of a child under 13;
  •  5 counts of causing a child under 13 to engage in sexual activity;
  • 4 counts of sexual activity with a child under 13;
  • 8 counts of sexual activity with a child under 16;
  • 3 counts of causing a child under 16 to engage in sexual activity;
  • 2 counts of attempted rape;
  • 3 counts of making indecent photographs of children.

Deny further charges

As at November 2020,Paul Farrell denied a further 21 charges, including:

  •  11 counts of indecent assault of a male;
  • 1 count of attempted rape of a child under 13;
  •  6 counts of sexual assault of a child under 13;1 count of sexual activity with a child under 16;
  • 1 count of rape;
  • 1 count of paying for sexual services of a child.

Police statements

A police spokesperson said: "The charges relate to seven victims, and alleged offences committed between 1985 and 2020.

"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, and first appeared at Highbury Corner Magistrates’ Court upon charge.

"The ongoing investigation is being led by officers from the Central North Command Unit safeguarding team."

Great Ormond Street Hospital Statement

A statement from the Hospital 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 and our policies are in line with national best practice.

"If patients, their families or colleagues raise concerns about staff there is a clear and swift process to manage these concerns when they are raised. This includes involving the police where needed."

After the court hearing on the 27 November 2020, a statement made by the Hospital said: "These charges relating to a former member of GOSH staff are awful.

"It is upsetting to hear in court today that some of the charges relate to the hospital site.

"It is important to stress, as stated by the judge today, that GOSH patients were not targeted.

"Due to the ongoing legal proceedings, we are really limited in what we can say, but we can confirm again that Paul Farrell was dismissed from the Trust."