Further to our recent article regarding the convictions of James Carragher and Anthony McCallen, members of staff at St Williams Children’s Home in Market Weighton, both men have today been jailed for 9 years and 15 years respectively, after being found guilty of 35 counts of sexual abuse of boys in their care over two decades.

James Carragher, former principal of the home, was found guilty of 24 counts of sexual abuse and was sentenced to 9 years in jail. Judge Geoffrey Marson QC took account of Carragher’s previous convictions for abusing boys at the home, where he had been sentenced to 7 years in 1993 and 14 years in 2004. Anthony McCallen, former chaplain at the home was sentenced to 15 years in jail, in respect of 11 counts of sexual abuse.

David Gibbs, Chartered Legal Executive in the specialist child abuse department at West Yorkshire law firm Jordans said “We were delighted that the jury returned a substantial number of guilty verdicts in relation to the horrific offences committed by James Carragher and Anthony McCallen. We are doubly pleased that the Court has taken account of the seriousness of the offences committed by these men and seen fit to order long custodial sentences”.

“We hope that these sentences will go some way to providing a sense of justice for all of the boys who were abused by these men”.


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