Australia's Cardinal Pell sentenced to six years in jail for child sex abuse

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Published on March 13, 2019 - Duration: 01:40s

Australia's Cardinal Pell sentenced to six years in jail for child sex abuse

Former Vatican treasurer Cardinal George Pell is sentenced to six years in jail by an Australian court for sexually abusing two choir boys in Melbourne in the 1990s.

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Australia's Cardinal Pell sentenced to six years in jail for child sex abuse

(ROUGH CUT - NO REPORTER NARRATION) Former Vatican treasurer Cardinal George Pell was sentenced to six years in jail on Wednesday (March 13) by an Australian court for sexually abusing two choir boys in Melbourne in the 1990s.

Pell, a former top adviser to Pope Francis, is the most senior Catholic worldwide to be convicted for child sex offences.

County Court of Victoria Chief Judge Peter Kidd said there was a real possibility that at aged 77, Pell could spend the rest of his life in prison.

The offences against two 13-year-old boys took place after Sunday mass in late 1996 and early 1997 in a room and a corridor at St Patrick's Cathedral, in Melbourne, where Pell was archbishop.

Kidd made it clear the sentence was based solely on the crimes Pell was convicted of by the jury, and that Pell was not to be made a scapegoat for the failings or perceived failings of the Catholic Church.

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