Specialist abuse lawyers instructed by a victim of a paedophile priest who abused boys while working as Scout Leader have said that the growing number of people coming forward and speaking out shows the “horrendous” impact of his actions.
Legal experts at Farleys Solicitors are now representing a client who has alleged sexual, physical and psychological abuse at the hands of John Michael Creagh, who was sentenced to four years imprisonment yesterday (3 April 2016), for historical sex abuse crimes.
Creagh’s crimes were largely related to his time at the 37th Ormskirk St Anne’s Scout Group in the 1970’s, where he was Scout Leader. He sexually abused three Scouts, who have since come forward and assisted the Police with their prosecution.
Creagh, who had been ordained as a Priest, also previously admitted similar offences whilst working as a deputy house master at Douai Abbey School in Reading. He was jailed in 1992 for nine months for gross indecency and indecent assault, after targeting a 12 year old boy.
Now, with more people alleging abuse by the former priest, specialist abuse lawyers at Farleys have revealed their determination to ensure that those affected are able to access the support they need to attempt to come to terms with their ordeals.
Lawyer Jonathan Bridge comments:
“The growing number of people coming forward demonstrates the chilling extent of Creagh’s abuse and highlights how this is yet another horrifying example of a person in a position of trust or taking advantage of their situation.
Abuse has a major impact on victims’ lives, and we are currently working with those affected to get access to the support they need. Whilst we realise pursuing an abuse claim can never rectify past events, our clients often find the process allows them to finally bring a close to the ordeal they have suffered.
We would also urge anyone else affected to make their voice heard and ensure they do not suffer in silence.”
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