March 12, 2019 8:24 pm
Updated: March 12, 2019 9:41 pm

Ex-Vatican treasurer Cardinal George Pell gets 6 years in jail for sexually abusing choir boys

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Former Vatican treasurer Cardinal George Pell was sentenced to six years in jail by an Australian court on Wednesday for sexually abusing two choir boys in the 1990s at St Patrick’s Cathedral in Melbourne.

Pell, 77, is the highest ranking Catholic priest worldwide to be convicted for child sex offenses.

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“In my view, your conduct was permeated by staggering arrogance,” County Court of Victoria Chief Judge Peter Kidd said in the sentencing, which took more than an hour.

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“Viewed overall, I consider your moral culpability across both episodes to be high.”

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Kidd set a non-parole period of three years and eight months. Pell will be registered as a sex offender for life, he said.

Pell, who was found guilty in December, has maintained he is innocent and has filed an appeal on three grounds, set to be heard in June.

© 2019 Reuters

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