George Pell sentenced six years in prison
George Pell has been sentenced to six years in prison, with no chance for parole for three years and eight months.
Mr Pell was convicted on five counts in December, the most senior Catholic official and first bishop to be found guilty in a criminal court for sexually abusing minors. By law, his sentence could have been up to 50 years.
“I would characterize these breaches and abuses as grave,” said chief judge Peter Kidd.
Speaking directly to Cardinal Pell, he added: “You had time to reflect on your behavior as you offended, yet you refused to desist.”
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