Who is Paul Farrell Porter?
Paul Farrell is a Great Ormond Street Hospital porter who is reportedly facing life in prison after admitting today 69 sexual offense charges against children over more than three decades. Farrell pleaded guilty to a total of 69 offenses against eight victims over a 35-year period.
From 1985 to 2020 he sexually abused victims aged between five and 16 hundreds of times, hiding behind the pretense of being a ‘loving family man’.
How old is Paul Farrell?
Paul Farrell is 55 years old as of the year 2021.
Arrest Charges: Paul Farrell Great Ormond Street
The 55-year-old brought the victims to his place of employment on the pretext of work experience, a court heard. He admitted abusing two boys in the linen room of Great Ormond Street Hospital, in central London, where he would ‘lock the door’ as he carried out the horrific abuse.
Prosecutors said Farrell’s crimes amounted to at least 500 instances of abuse.
In each case, Farrell was a lodger, or babysat, at the homes of his victim’s families, and befriended the parents before abusing their children. He was arrested in January last year but continued to assault children while he was on bail last June.
The charges related to eight victims, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, and are now aged between eight and 43.
Paul Farrell Victims
The offenses, carried out between 1985 and 2020, include attempted rape, sexual assault of a child under 13 and making indecent photographs of children. The youngest child Farrell abused was believed to be five years old in the 1980s.
Farrell did not target children at Great Ormond Street, but at least two alleged victims claimed they were sexually abused in areas he had access to. Other offences took place in the victims’ homes in London and Essex, a caravan in Kent, and a community center.
A search of Farrell’s home in Camden, north London, last year unearthed a safe in his bedroom containing numerous indecent DVDs and photographs of children, while analysis of his mobile phone found indecent images of children and extreme pornographic material.
Text messages were found on his mobile phone which led to inquiries being made about other young victims who may have been abused.
He was arrested in January 2020 after victims came forward and spoke to the police. The most recent offences were in June 2020 while he was on bail, police said today. More than 20 other charges were left to lie on file and Farrell will not face trial as no further charges are expected.
Paul Farrell Charged
He pleaded guilty to a further five counts of possessing indecent images and extreme pornography of children in relation to this at a previous hearing.
Today, a judge at Wood Green Crown Court lifted restrictions that had prevented Farrell’s image from being published as well as details of where some of the offending is said to have occurred within the hospital. ‘Offences against two of the victims happened in Great Ormond Street, in the linen room”.
Paul Farrell Trial
Farrell’s sentencing will take place at the same court on May 21 and 24 and Judge Noel Lucas QC ordered that he must appear in person.
The judge said the sentencing process will take place over two days due to the high number of offenses.