An 85-year-old former Catholic priest today admitted sexually assaulting seven children, including altar boys, after spending more than 20 years on the run in Spain.

Francis Paul Cullen was extradited back to the UK last year to face the charges after being traced to Tenerife.

The Catholic Church and its safeguarding board helped police to trace Cullen who was found to have attended mass at a church in Playa de las Americas every Sunday.

Today Dublin-born Cullen, looking frail in the dock, pleaded guilty to 21 charges at Derby Crown Court committed between 1957 and 1991.


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Comment by Napoleon Bonaparte on February 28, 2014 at 4:34am

Comment by Daniel W on February 25, 2014 at 12:08pm
To me that's kind of like reading that a diver admitted to jumping into water....
Comment by matt warren on February 25, 2014 at 11:42am

finaly nailed one! good for him. I hope this news goes viral.!

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