Cardinal George Pell Jailed For Six Years For Child Sexual Abuse
Disgraced Cardinal George Pell, 77, has been sentenced to six years behind bars in Melbourne's County Court for sexually abusing two choirboys in 1996 and 1997 while he was the Archbishop of St Patrick's Cathedral in East Melbourne.
Cardinal Pell will be eligible for parole in three years and eight months. He has also been declared a registered sexual offender for the rest of his life.
Chief Justice Peter Kidd admitted he had to sentence him as "a member of the community like any other" before he detailed the crimes, stating he showed a "degree of callous indifference" to his victims' stress.
He did take into account Cardinal Pell’s risk of re-offending, which the Judge deemed a low risk, and his ageing years.
There was applause outside the packed courtroom after the sentence was delivered.
A Victorian jury found him guilty on December 11, but a suppression order prevented the reporting of his conviction until it was lifted last month.
Lawyers for Cardinal Pell will launch an appeal against his conviction on June 5.