George Pell sentenced to 6 years’ jail for sexually abusing two choirboys

13th March 2019  |  ABC News

 

Cardinal George Pell has been sentenced to six years' jail for sexually abusing two choirboys when he was Catholic archbishop of Melbourne in the 1990s.

Pell was found guilty by a jury last December of sexually abusing the choirboys after a Sunday mass in December 1996 and then assaulting one of them a second time two months later.

The man who was once Australia's most powerful Catholic sat in the dock dressed in a black shirt and a grey blazer, without a clerical collar, as County Court Chief Judge Peter Kidd delivered his sentence.

The chief judge gave permission for the hearing to be broadcast live by media outlets.

The court room was packed with abuse survivors, advocates and journalists.

Pell will serve a minimum of three years and eight months in jail before he will be eligible for parole.

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