Breaking news: Cardinal George Pell found guilty of molesting two children
It can now be revealed Cardinal George Pell molested two choirboys when he was Archbishop of Melbourne in the 1990s.
A Melbourne jury found him guilty in December but strict suppression orders were placed on the case, pending a second trial.
The verdict has been made public today after that second trial was abandoned.
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Pell molested the two boys in 1996 after catching them drinking sacramental wine in the priest’s sacristy at St Kevin’s College.
He forced one of the boys to perform oral sex on him while groping the other boy’s genitals.
He attacked one of the boys again, about a month later.
Cardinal Pell is the most senior Catholic ever to be charged with such offences, let alone found guilty.
He was found guilty of five charges – one of sexually penetrating a child and four of committing indecent acts with children.
He will return to custody tomorrow before being sentenced next month.
One of the victims, now in his 30s, brought the allegations to police after years of having struggled to understand what he’d experienced.
He has released a statement thanking the public for their support.
— Melissa Davey (@MelissaLDavey) February 26, 2019
The other victim died in 2014 in accidental circumstances.
Pell has maintained his innocence over all allegations and has lodged an appeal of his conviction.