Great Ormond Street Hospital porter charged after ‘decades of child sex abuse’

A porter at London's famous Great Ormond Street Hospital has been charged with grooming and molesting seven children.

Paul Farrell, 55, was arrested in January after accusations he had sexually abused multiple children he met through the NHS hospital, where he had worked since the mid-1980s.

He will appear in Wood Green Crown Court on Friday facing 84 charges, including sexually assaulting children, indecent assault on a male, attempted rape and rape.

He has also been charged with paying for the sexual services of a child, making indecent photographs of a child and possessing "extreme pornographic images".

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The charges reportedly relate to seven victims, and the offences are alleged to have taken place between 1985 and 2018.

Specialist officers from the Metropolitan Police's Central North Command Unit safeguarding team are liaising with hospital authorities as they continue to investigate the claims.

Farrell was fired from the hospital as soon as the allegations against him came to light.

A spokesperson for Great Ormond Street Hospital told the Daily Star: "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.

"If anyone is concerned by what they have read in the media, the NSPCC have a helpline available on 0800 101 996 or email [email protected]

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

Great Ormond Street Hospital was founded in 1852 and has been associated with several famous children's authors, including Roald Dahl and J.M. Barrie.

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