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Australia'I felt empty, and that an injustice had occurred': George Pell sued over claim of Ballarat swimming pool sex abuse

09:25  04 march  2019
09:25  04 march  2019 Source:   theage.com.au

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He was a complainant against Pell in a second trial over allegations Pell indecently assaulted boys in Ballarat in the 1970 s . “But when I was told they had withdrawn the case I felt empty , and that an injustice had occurred .” The man’ s lawyer, Lee Flanagan, said at least three other witnesses would

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A man who claims he was sexually abused by George Pell in a Ballarat swimming pool in the 1970s is suing the senior cleric and Catholic Church for damages.

The alleged victim, who was due to give evidence in the cardinal's now cancelled second trial, is seeking damages for psychiatric injury, loss of wages and medical expenses.

That trial, dubbed the "swimmers trial", is no longer going ahead due to issues with evidence.

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A man will sue George Pell in the Supreme Court of Victoria, saying the disgraced cardinal abused He was a complainant against Pell in a second trial over allegations Pell indecently assaulted boys "But when I was told they had withdrawn the case I felt empty , and that an injustice had occurred ."

"But when I was told they had withdrawn the case I felt empty , and that an injustice had occurred ." The man' s lawyer Lee Flanagan said at least three other witnesses would He was a complainant against Pell in a second trial over allegations Pell indecently assaulted boys in Ballarat in the 1970 s .

The plaintiff, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was a ward of the state at the St Joseph’s Boys Home in Ballarat at the time of the alleged incident.

The lawsuit is against Pell, the trustees of Nazareth House which ran the St Joseph’s Boys Home, the State of Victoria and the Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne.

The Age understands, however, the alleged victim is not Lyndon Monument, who was among the first to come forward with allegations he had been sexually abused by Pell, whom he claims put his hands down the front of his bathers during a game in the water at the Eureka Pool.

Lyndon's close friend, Damian Dignan, also accused Pell of sexually abusing him in the pool as a child.

He died from terminal cancer just months before court proceedings began.

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"But when I was told they had withdrawn the case I felt empty , and that an injustice had occurred ." The man' s lawyer Lee Flanagan said at least three other witnesses would He was a complainant against Pell in a second trial over allegations Pell indecently assaulted boys in Ballarat in the 1970 s .

George Pell AC (born 8 June 1941) is an Australian prelate of the Catholic Church and the church' s most senior official to be convicted of child sexual abuse .

The man’s lawyers, Arnold Thomas & Becker, lodged a civil suit with the Victorian Supreme Court on Monday.

“It took a lot of courage and soul-searching to be prepared to tell my story, accusing one of the most senior Catholics in the world of serious criminal offences, and eventually I was ready to have my day in court,” the plaintiff said in his statement of claim submitted to the court and seen by The Age.

“But when I was told they had withdrawn the case I felt empty, and that an injustice had occurred.”

'I felt empty, and that an injustice had occurred': George Pell sued over claim of Ballarat swimming pool sex abuse © DAVID CROSLING Cardinal George Pell arrives at County Court in Melbourne.

The man claims there is a need for general deterrence and said Pell "took complete advantage of his position of power".

His lawyer, Lee Flanagan, confirmed he would seek statements from at least three other witnesses who made similar allegations against Pell as part of the claim.

Mr Flanagan said the damages trial would likely commence next year.

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Ms. Milligan said that she had interviewed the cardinal’ s accusers for more than a year and that the accusations covered several decades. Some episodes were said to have occurred at a pool in Ballarat , a city in Victoria where the cardinal was born and where he returned after being ordained as

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It's understood if the claim is successful the Catholic Church and Pell could be forced to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars in compensation.

"On one occasion the Plaintiff was swimming in the pool at St Joseph’s," the statement of claim said.

"A man who was regarded as a dignitary at the time came to St Joseph’s and swam in the pool with the children. He was playing with the children and let them climb on him in the pool. The Plaintiff was told that the man’s name was George. Some people called him ‘Father’. Upon seeing him on television years later the Plaintiff realised that the man in the pool was [Pell]."

Pell, 77, is in prison waiting to be sentenced after being found guilty of sexually assaulting two 13-year-old choirboys at St Patrick's Cathedral in East Melbourne in the 1990s, when he was Archbishop of Melbourne.

He will be sentenced next Wednesday.

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