A former chaplain and an ex-principal of a Catholic care home are to appear in court accused of nearly 100 historical sex crimes against children.

Anthony McCallen, 68, was chaplain at the now defunct St William’s children’s home in Market Weighton, East Yorkshire, where James Carragher, 74, was head.

Mr McCallen faces 39 counts of serious child sex offences, while Mr Carragher faces 52 counts.

Both have been summonsed to appear at Leeds Magistrates’ Court next Friday.

The alleged assaults were carried out on 20 children between 1970 and 1993.

A third man, Michael Curran, 61, has also been summonsed to appear before Leeds magistrates accused of one child sex offence and one assault.

An investigation into alleged abuse at the home, dubbed Operation Reno, began in 2010.

Jordans Solicitors act for over 130 victims of physical and sexual abuse committed at St Williams. David Gibbs, Chartered Legal Executive in the child abuse department at Jordans said; “This is a major development and is sure to be welcome news to the many victims who suffered the most heinous abuse at St Williams in their search for justice.”

Article Source: BBC News 13th November 2014


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