Former Great Ormond Street Hospital porter accused of 84 sex offences against children

A porter at Great Ormond Street Hospital has been charged with scores of child sex offences alleged to have been carried out over the course of three decades.

Paul Farrell, 55, of Camden, north London, faces 84 charges including rape, attempted rape, sexual assault of a child under 13 and indecent assault on a male.

The charges relate to seven victims, with the alleged offences committed between 1985 and 2018, police said.

Farrell worked at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children in central London from the mid-1980s until his arrest in January, according to the Sun.

Farrell, who is from Camden, north London, was sacked as soon as the allegations against him were made.

A spokesperson for Great Ormond Street Hospital told MailOnline: ‘These are truly awful charges and we know that our hospital community, including our patient families, will have concerns or questions.

‘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 January 16, 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.’

”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.

‘If anyone is concerned by what they have read in the media, the NSPCC have a helpline available on 0800 101 996 or email help@nspcc.org.uk.

‘As this is an ongoing police investigation, we are not able to say anything further at this current time for legal reasons.’

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