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Cardinal George Pell sentenced to 6 years for sexual abuse

Cardinal George Pell at the County Court last month in Melbourne, Australia.
Cardinal George Pell at the County Court last month in Melbourne, Australia. Photo: Michael Dodge/Getty Images

An Australian judge has sentenced Vatican treasurer Cardinal George Pell to 6 years in prison for sexually abusing 2 choirboys in the late 1990s, reports the AP.

Details: Chief Judge Peter Kidd handed down the sentence to Pell, 77 — the most senior Vatican official to be convicted of sex abuse — on Wednesday from Victoria's County Court in Melbourne. He was convicted on 5 counts in a clandestine 5-week trial in December and has been ordered to serve a minimum of 3 years and 8 months before he is eligible for parole. He had denied the allegations and plans to appeal the convictions in June.

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