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85-year-old Francis Paul Cullen, a former Catholic priest, today admitted sexually assaulting seven children, including altar boys, after spending more than 20 years on the run in Spain.
He was extradited back to the UK last year.
He pleaded guilty to 21 charges at Derby Crown Court committed between 1957 and 1991 in Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire. The offences related to children aged between six and 16.
He was told a "very substantial" prison sentence was likely.
A former Midland priest accused of committing 27 sexual offences against children dating back almost 50 years has been remanded in custody.
Catholic priest Francis Paul Cullen, aged 85, had been living in Tenerife but was extradited over the charges and appeared at Derby Magistrates Court today.
The allegations, which relate to three boys between eight and 14, are dated between 1956 and 1991.
He served as a priest as the first priest in the parish of Christ the King, Mackworth estate, Derby, for around 18 years.
He was remanded in custody until his next hearing in September.
An 85-year-old man has been charged with sexual offences against children. Francis Paul Cullen, who has been living in Tenerife, appeared at Derby magistrates court today. He faces 27 charges relating to three boys aged between eight and 14-years-old.
The offences were allegedly committed between 1956 and 1991 in Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire. He has been remanded in prison custody and will next appear at Derby Crown Court on September 13.