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.
The offences, on children aged between six and 16, took place while Cullen was a practising priest in Mackworth, Derbyshire and later Buxton, Derbyshire, and Hyson Green, Nottinghamshire.