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Children's home former head and ex-chaplain jailed for historic sex crimes against boys

Two men have been jailed for 35 historic sexual offences, including rape against boys at a care home in East Yorkshire.

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The offences against 11 victims took place at the St Williams care home in Market Weighton in the 1970s and 80s.

The former headteacher James Carragher - who's now 75 - was jailed for 9 years. Anthony McCallen - who's 69 and the former chaplain - for 15 years.

The judge told them their crimes had blighted the lives of their victims.

This case involves the systematic abuse and rape of children as young as 12. These young boys were troubled and vulnerable, who had been removed from their families and sent to St Williams Boys Home in the East Riding.

“Both defendants were senior members of staff in positions of considerable power and authority. Carragher was the headmaster and McCallen – an ordained priest – was the school chaplain.

“Far from being dedicated to the education and protection of the young, these men were bullies and paedophiles; cynical sexual predators who deliberately sought out contact with vulnerable children to abuse and in some cases rape them.

“I would like to pay tribute to the numerous victims in this case for coming forward, helping us to build a strong prosecution case and giving evidence against their abusers in court. This has ensured that these two individuals will be serving considerable prison sentences nd I hope this brings their many victims some comfort.”

– Caroline May, CPS Yorkshire an

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