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Ex-Ely Cathedral assistant organist admits child sex charges

Scott Farrell
Scott Farrell

A former assistant organist at Ely Cathedral has admitted committing sexual offences against children.

Forty-eight-year-old Scott Farrell, pictured, of Wouldham, in Kent, appeared at Cambridge Magistrates’ Court on today when he 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 court heard that an investigation had been launched by Cambridgeshire Police’s Child Abuse Investigation and Safeguarding Unit in November 2017 into allegations that during his time at Ely Cathedral between 1999 and 2001, Farrell had befriended some of the children under his supervision and, on occasions, invited them back to his flat.

Police were told how Farrell would show the children pornographic images and videos before carrying out sexual acts.

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

Scott Farrell
Scott Farrell

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

Farrell was released on bailuntil he appears atcrown court for sentencing.

After the hearing, Det Con Claire Bamford, from Cambridgeshire Constabulary’s CAISU, said: “This has been a lengthy investigation spanning several counties and involved tracking down a number of victims and witnesses.

“I would like to thank the victims for coming forward and showing great bravery in speaking out about the abuse they suffered at the hands of Farrell. Hopefully this result will provide them with some level of closure and they can begin to put this part of their lives behind them.”

Farrell has been released on bail and will be sentenced at crown court.

For information and advice regarding sexual offences and child abuse visit www.cambs.police.uk/childprotection. To make a report about a concern you can do this online at www.cambs.police.uk/reportconcern or call 101 to speak with a member of staff.