Former Buxton priest jailed for 15 years

Francis Paul Cullen

Francis Paul Cullen

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A former priest has been jailed for 15 years for committing sex offences on children as young as six, including two girls in Buxton.

Francis Paul Cullen, who served at St Anne’s Catholic Church, on Terrace Road, between 1978 and 1987, pleaded guilty to the 21 charges, which involve five boys and two girls in Mackworth, Buxton and Nottingham at Derby Crown Court last month.

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.

 

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