Cathedral Worker Admits Sex Offences

29 May 2019, 11:19 | Updated: 29 May 2019, 12:44

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A former director of music for Rochester Cathedral and assistant organist for Ely Cathedral has admitted sexual offences against children

Scott Farrell, 48, pleaded guilty to three counts of gross indecency with a boy under 16, two counts of voyeurism and one count of taking indecent images of a child.

The counts of gross indecency, which relate to three different victims, are all alleged to have happened in Ely, Cambridgeshire.

The remaining three offences were committed during Farrell's time at Rochester Cathedral.

Police started to investigate Farrell, of High Street, Wouldham, near Rochester, after allegations were reported to them in November 2017.

It was alleged that Farrell befriended some of the children under his supervision while he was assistant organist for Ely Cathedral in Cambridgeshire between 1999 and 2001.

Police said that on occasion Farrell invited children back to his flat and would show them pornographic images and videos before carrying out sexual acts.

At the time police were made aware of these allegations, Farrell was working as the director of music at Rochester Cathedral.

He was arrested and suspended from his role while an investigation was carried out.

Farrell's electronic devices were seized, which uncovered voyeuristic images and videos believed to have been taken on hidden cameras in bathrooms and bedrooms, some at his own flat, others at different homes.

In addition to this, 135 category C indecent images, category A being the most severe, were found which Farrell had taken himself.

Detective Constable Claire Bamford, from Cambridgeshire Police's Child Abuse Investigation and Safeguarding Unit, said the victims showed "great bravery in speaking out about the abuse they suffered at the hands of Farrell".

Farrell has been bailed and will be sentenced on a date to be fixed.