Following a 3-year police operation looking into previously uninvestigated allegations of sexual and physical abuse against three former members of staff at St Williams children’s home in Market Weighton, James Carragher (former principle of the home), Anthony McCallen (former chaplain) and Michael Curran (former teacher) are facing numerous criminal charges in Leeds Crown Court.

Carragher, who has recently completed a 14-year sentence for buggery and indecent assault committed at St Williams, is facing 52 new counts of child sex offences, McCallen is facing 39, and Curran faces one child sex offence and one charge of assault.

All 3 men appeared today before the judge at Leeds Crown Court to allow their trial schedule to be set. An 8-week trial window was considered necessary, with the start date set for 5th October 2015.

Meanwhile the civil claims are on-going; over 200 people, all of whom were boys at the home in the 60s, 70s and 80s, are looking for their own justice from the perpetrators of their abuse.

We represent many of these victims and will continue to fight for their cause, ensuring that their voices, after so many years of suffering in silence, are finally heard.


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