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AustraliaGeorge Pell sentenced for sexual abuse

01:30  13 march  2019
01:30  13 march  2019 Source:

World will be watching as Pell sentenced for child sexual abuse

World will be watching as Pell sentenced for child sexual abuse The disgraced cardinal will become the most senior Catholic formally official jailed for for child sexual abuse.

Cardinal George Pell faces sentencing for his conviction for the sexual assault of two 13-year-old boys in Melbourne. Another aspect to this worth noting is that Australia’s five-year-long inquiry into institutional child sexual abuse has never released its findings in relation to Pell .

MELBOURNE, Australia — Cardinal George Pell , the highest ranking Catholic clergyman convicted of sexually abusing children, left a courtroom in Melbourne, Australia, on Wednesday flanked by police officers to spend his first night in jail

Disgraced cardinal George Pell has been told to expect "significant" prison time when he's sentenced in Melbourne's County Court for sexually abusing two teenage boys in 1996.

Chief Judge Peter Kidd will hand down his sentence this morning, three months after Pell was found guilty of orally raping a 13-year-old choirboy and molesting another at St Patrick's Cathedral after a Sunday mass.

George Pell sentenced for sexual abuse © AAP Pell was convicted in December of one charge of sexually penetrating a child and four of committing indecent acts with a child. Pell, who was until late-February the Vatican's treasurer, is the highest-ranking Catholic to be convicted of child sexual abuse.

Court of Appeal sets June date for Pell

Court of Appeal sets June date for Pell Cardinal George Pell's application to appeal his conviction for sexually abusing two boys in the 1990s has been listed for the Court of Appeal in June. Read more

A lawyer representing convicted paedophile Cardinal George Pell has suggested the senior cleric’s abuse of two choirboys was merely a “plain vanilla sexual penetration case” in an appeal for a more lenient sentence . Pell , a former Vatican treasurer

George Pell 's Sexual Abuse A "Vanilla Sexual Penetration Case", His Lawyer Says. Cardinal George Pell , the most senior Catholic to ever be found guilty of child sexual abuse , will spend his first night behind bars after a sentence hearing on Wednesday in Melbourne, Australia.

Anticipating huge public interest in the sentence, the judge will permit a camera in court to broadcast his remarks live globally.

The courtroom is also expected to be packed with abuse survivors who have their own interest in the result, beyond that of Pell's surviving victim, now aged in his 30s.

He was orally raped by Pell in the priest's sacristy after a Sunday mass in December 1996, forced to watch as Pell molested his 13-year-old friend, and then molested again by Pell a month later.

The other boy died in 2014.

George Pell sentenced for sexual abuse © AAP A court sketch of Cardinal George Pell.

Pell, 77, was convicted in December of one charge of sexually penetrating a child and four of committing indecent acts with a child. Each offence carries a 10-year maximum prison sentence.

Senior crown prosecutor Mark Gibson SC foreshadowed in a pre-sentence hearing that Pell would spend "significant time" in prison, including likely long periods in lockdown because of his high profile.

Pell maintains his innocence and intends to challenge the conviction in the Court of Appeal, which will be heard in June.

He has already served two weeks behind bars.

Catholic newspaper article describing George Pell's 'accusers' as 'wicked' pulled from circulation.
A Tasmanian academic who wrote an opinion piece defending Cardinal George Pell and describing his "accusers" as "wicked" has apologised for the article, which the Catholic Church has since pulled. Pell has been convicted of sexually abusing two choirboys while he was the archbishop of Melbourne in the 1990s. He is due to be sentenced on March 13 but has already lodged an appeal. The director of Hobart's Christopher Dawson Centre for Cultural Studies, David Daintree, wrote the article in this month's edition of the Catholic Standard, which was to be distributed this weekend.

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