Former housemaster jailed over sexual abuse of young boys
March 13, 2024

A former Scout leader and housemaster at a children’s home in Nottingham has been jailed for 26 years after a jury found him guilty of historic sexual abuse.

Steven McNally, now aged 67, abused five children between 1974 and 1979 when he worked at Nazareth House Children’s Home in Lenton, and as a Scout leader for the Bishop’s Own Troop, also in Nottingham.

A trial at Nottingham Crown Court heard he sexually abused five boys who were aged between 5 and 15 at the time.

McNally was extradited from his home in Ireland to face trial and jurors found him guilty on 24 of the 29 counts listed in the indictment.

He was found guilty of:

  • x11 counts of indecent assault on a child;
  • x7 counts of indecent assault on a child on no fewer than five occasions;
  • x3 counts of indecency with a child;
  • x2 counts of indecency with a child on no fewer than five occasions;
  • x1 count of buggery on a person under 16.

The trial heard that the majority of the offences took place while McNally worked as a housemaster at Nazareth House, which was run by the Sisters of Nazareth Catholic order.

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