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Australian Cardinal George Pell jailed six years for abusing boys
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|News Date||Wednesday, March 13, 2019 02:00:00 AM UTC0:0|
|Description||Disgraced Australian Cardinal George Pell was sentenced to six years in prison on Wednesday for the sexual abuse of two boys in 1996 in a Melbourne cathedral. |
Pell - once the Vatican's chief financial officer and an adviser to Pope Francis - is the highest-ranking Catholic Church official to be convicted of molesting children.
He faced a maximum sentence of 50 years in jail.
Chief Judge Peter Kidd told the Melbourne court Pell's actions had a "profound impact" on the life of the boy who survived his abuse, and likely had a similar impact on a boy who later died of a heroin overdose.
He accused Pell of "callous indifference" to the suffering of the boys, who have not been named. Pell's face remained solemn as he listened to an hour-long statement.
Last December, the now 77-year-old was found guilty on five charges relating to the sexual assault of two boys at Melbourne's St Patrick's Cathedral in 1996. The media was unable to report on the conviction until February because of a suppression order.
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