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Disgraced Cardinal Pell sentenced to six years in jail

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    Agence France-Presse

Melbourne, Australia   /   Wed, March 13, 2019   /   08:08 am
Disgraced Cardinal Pell sentenced to six years in jail Cardinal George Pell (C) leaves the County Court of Victoria court after prosecutors decided not to proceed with a second trial on alleged historical child sexual offences in Melbourne on February 26, 2019. Australian Cardinal George Pell, who helped elect popes and ran the Vatican's finances, has been found guilty of sexually assaulting two choirboys, becoming the most senior Catholic cleric ever convicted of child sex crimes. (AFP/Con Chronis)

Disgraced Australian Cardinal George Pell was sentenced to six years in jail for child sex crimes in a Melbourne court Wednesday, with a minimum period of three years and eight months to be served.

Chief Justice Peter Kidd told the County Count of Victoria that he had weighed Pell's "appalling offending" as well as his advanced age -- 77 -- and that he had led an "otherwise blameless life" in setting the sentence.

Pell faced a maximum 50 years in prison for five charges of abusing two choirboys in the late 1990s.