Former Buxton priest admits child sex offences

Francis Cullen

Francis Cullen

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A former priest has admitted committing 21 sex offences on children as young as six, including two girls in Buxton, a court heard.

Francis Paul Cullen, who served at St Anne’s Catholic Church, on Terrace Road, between 1978 and 1987, pleaded guilty to the charges, which involve five boys and two girls in Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire, at Derby Crown Court on Monday. The 85-year-old, who has been on the run for more than 20 years since he skipped bail in 1991, was extradited from Tenerife last year.

The charges include 15 counts of indecent assault between January 1, 1957 and March 24, 1991 on children aged between six and 14, and five counts of indecency with three boys aged between eight and 13 between July 2, 1960 and March 24, 1991.


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