Paedophile priest admits abusing children in East Midlands Francis Paul Cullen abused children in Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire

An 85-year-old atholic priest has pleaded guilty to a series of child-related sex offences after being extradited from enerife. In a hearing at Derby Crown Court, Francis Paul Cullen admitted 21 counts of indecent assault of seven children. The abuse, of boys and girls from 6 to 16, took place between 1957 and 1991. Cullen, born in Dublin, worked in Scunthorpe, Leicester, Nottingham and lfreton, Buxton and Mackworth, Derbyshire. 'Terrible crimes' spokesman for the Diocese of Nottingham said he was pleased Cullen had "taken responsibility for his terrible crimes". Cullen was first arrested in Nottingham in 1991, but he skipped bail and fled to enerife in Spain where he lived for more than 20 years. Father Andrew Cole, spokesman for the Diocese of Nottingham, said: "I would like to offer our sympathy to those who have been affected by this tragedy in any way and assure them that we will do whatever we can to support them. "I also wish to thank Cullen's victims for their bravery in coming forward after many years of silence; it is due to them that ullen has pleaded guilty. "Nothing can take away the horror of what happened to them, but I hope that today's verdict will help them in some small way to find peace," Father Cole said. Cullen will be sentenced on 24 March. He worked as a priest at the Mackworth parish of hrist the King in Derbyshire between 1960 and 1978. He was parish priest in Buxton from 1978-87 and in Hyson Green, Nottingham from 1988-91. He retired in September 1991. If you or somebody you know were subject to abuse please do not hesitate to contact Charles Derham our specialist child abuse solicitor. We will treat any communications with the strictest of confidence.


Charles has considerable specialist experience in pursuing claims for compensation for those who have been abused in childhood. His specific expertise means that he is recognised locally, nationally and internationally for his work which has taken him all over the world including, USA, Australia and New Zealand.

He is also recognised for his significant involvement in the high profile litigation against St Georges School (Anglemoss Limited) and Cyntwell High School. These cases involved a staggering number of individuals who pursued those responsible whom despite heavily defending the claims brought against them settled by way of out of court settlements.

Charles regularly features in local and national press and he is often asked to provide his professional opinion and commentary on relevant abuse law issues and developments on radio and television broadcasts. Such broadcasts include BBC South Today, BBC Wales, ITV and ITN News.

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Charles obtained his Law degree at Kingston University, before successfully completing his Legal Practice Course. He trained and qualified with Verisona Law beginning his specialism in the field of child abuse claims. He received his higher rights of Audience in 2012 making him one of the youngest Solicitor-Advocates in the country who is able to represent his clients in the High Court. Charles is head of the abuse team who collectively have secured compensation for hundreds of victims of abuse.

He began diversifying in to other aspects of abuse law and his team are one of the very few in the country who specialise in claims against social services.

He is involved in complex group action litigation and also represents a number of individuals and who are pursuing private companies, local authorities and perpetrators in pursuit of their justice.

Charles has strong contacts with some of the most prominent barristers who advise on abuse claims including a number of QC’s. He also has robust connections with highly qualified expert witnesses he instructs in support of those who he represents.

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