Two former care workers have been found guilty of abusing young boys over two decades at St Williams Children's Home in Market Weighton, East Yorkshire.
James Carragher, the former principal of the home, and Anthony McCallen, the former chaplain, were both convicted following trial by jury at Leeds Crown Court.
Carragher, 75, was found guilty of 24 sexual offences and McCallen, 69, was found guilty on 11 counts of abuse.
Both men will be sentenced in the new year, on Monday 4th January.
A Betrayal of Trust
The De La Salle Brotherhood, of whom Carragher was a former member, released a statement condemning his actions.
Carragher's crimes were described as a “deep betrayal of the Order's mission to the young and of the trust placed in him”.
Similarly, McCallen's behaviour was condemned by the Brotherhood who said: “He used his status as a priest to commit serious offences, which was a total betrayal of his priesthood and of the trust placed in him as Chaplain.”
The Brotherhood went on to say that they are “committed to the safeguarding procedures of the Catholic church” which they say are “followed rigorously”.
Justice Lowell Goddard will be investigating alleged abuse in the Catholic church – and other religious organisations – as part of her national child abuse inquiry.
Police Praise Brave Survivors
Humberside Police have praised survivors of abuse at St Williams Children's Home, whose evidence led to the conviction of both Carragher and McCallen.
Detective Superintendent Christine Wilson from Operation Reno – a Humberside Police investigation into non-recent abuse at St Williams – said: “I would like to commend the bravery of all of the victims … and hope that today's conviction will provide some sort of closure for them.”
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