March 2021

Two paedophiles brought to justice 50 years after carrying out abuse at Newcastle orphanage

Two paedophiles have been brought to justice 50 years after they carried out vile abuse at an orphanage.

Raymond Mongan and Alfred Spraggon both volunteered at St Vincent’s Orphanage in Newcastle when they were both young men.

During the course of their volunteer work, both men abused their position of trust and preyed on those in their care.

One brave victim came forward to police about the abuse they suffered at the hands of Mongan, of The Crescent, Wallsend, in 2002. But at the time there was insufficient evidence to pursue a prosecution.

In 2016, a second of Morgan’s victims came forward and was able to give the names of other potential victims.

Police were then able to progress on with the investigation and as a result of this, a total of six victims disclosed their abuse to police at the hands of Mongan, now 85, leading to his arrest in January 2019.

During the course of the investigation, Alfred Spraggon, now 78, was also identified.

In June 2020, Mongan, pleaded guilty at Newcastle Crown Court to seven counts of indecent assault and two counts of gross indecency with a child, in relation to six victims.

Spraggon, of Shipley Avenue, Newcastle, denied the charges against him however on Wednesday a jury found him guilty of one indecent assault and three counts of indecency with a child.

Three of the victims have passed away before they were able to see their attackers brought to justice.

Mongan and Spraggon have been remanded and are due to be sentenced at Newcastle Crown Court in May.