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Carragher and McCallen Jailed for Abuse at St Williams Children’s Home

By Solicitor, Serious Injury

James Carragher and Anthony McCallen – the former head and chaplain of St Williams Catholic children’s home in East Yorkshire – were sent to prison this week for abusing young boys.

Carragher, 75, and McCallen, 69, were convicted of a total of 35 child sex offences, committed against 11 young boys over a 21-year period, from 1970 to 1991.

McCallen was given a 15-year jail sentence whilst Carragher was given nine years – the third time that he has been given a custodial sentence for abusing boys at St Williams.

In our previous blog, we mentioned how the Catholic De La Salle order had condemned the actions of both men and how police praised the survivors whose evidence led to the convictions.

Effectively Trapped

During sentencing, Judge Geoffrey Marson QC told Carragher and McCallen that their victims were “effectively trapped” with “no escape”.

He went on to describe the lasting psychological harm endured by survivors of abuse at St Williams and how it was “difficult to imagine a worse case of breach of trust”.

As part of the national inquiry into non-recent child abuse, Justice Lowell Goddard will investigate alleged abuse in the Catholic Church and other religious organisations.

Helen Gierc is a serious injuries solicitor specialising in sexual abuse claims at Slater and Gordon in Manchester.

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