Men guilty of 35 sexual offences

Anthony McCallen (left) and James Carragher (right) were both found guilty of offences against 11 victims
Anthony McCallen (left) and James Carragher (right) were both found guilty of offences against 11 victims

Two men have been found guilty of a large number of historic sexual offences against 11 victims in Market Weighton.

They were convicted at Leeds Crown Court (Wednesday 16 December) as part of Operation Reno, an investigation into historic allegations of sexual abuse at St Williams Care Home in Market Weighton, East Yorkshire.

James Carragher, 75, and Anthony McCallen, 69, were both found guilty of offences against 11 victims and not guilty of offences against three further victims.

Carragher was found guilty of 21 counts of indecent assault and three counts of serious sexual assault while McCallen was found guilty of 10 counts of indecent assault and one count of serious sexual assault.

No decision has yet been reached about offences involving a further 4 victims and these cases have been adjourned till Monday January 4 at Leeds Crown Court, when both men are due to be sentenced.

Detective Superintendent Christine Wilson, said: “The conviction is the result of an extremely lengthy and complex investigation, which has taken place over the last five years and has involved taking statements from many hundred people.

“The behaviour of Carragher and McCallen came to light after one of their victims had the courage to come forward and speak out about the abuse he had suffered.

“This in turn led us to identify further victims, who had all been targeted by these men while they were in a position of trust, which they then abused.

“Cases such as these that involve historic allegations are very difficult to investigate and I would like to commend the bravery of all of the victims in giving evidence and can only hope that today’s conviction will provide some sort of closure for them.”