Australian Cardinal George Pell gets 6 years for sexually abusing choirboys

Disgraced Australian Cardinal George Pell was sentenced to six years in jail for child sex crimes in a Melbourne court on Ma

The judge also accepted that life in prison for Pell would be more onerous than for other prisoners and noted he would be registered for life as a sex offender.

Abuse survivors and the Catholic faithful have converged at St Patrick's Cathedral, where Cardinal George Pell abused two choirboys, to digest news of the six-year prison sentence handed down this morning.

County Court of Victoria Chief Judge Peter Kidd begins sentencing the "otherwise blameless" George Pell for five sexual abuse offences against two choirboys in the 1990s.

Pell was found guilty in December of sexually abusing two boys at St Patrick's Cathedral in East Melbourne in 1996.

The court had issued the suppression order on the trial out of concern that a second trial where Pell was charged with molesting two boys at a Ballarat swimming pool in the 1970s could be prejudiced by a guilty verdict in the first case.

Pell was convicted in December, but the verdict was suppressed from being made public in Australia by a court order until February 26, when further child sex offence charges against Pell dating back to the 1970s were dropped.

"In recent years there has been the exposure of child sexual abuse within institutional settings, including within the Catholic church", Kidd told Pell.

Pell maintained his innocence throughout and has filed an appeal, which is set to be heard in June.

Anticipating huge public interest in the sentence, the judge will permit a camera in court to broadcast his remarks live globally.

He took into account Pell's ill health and clean record outside the sexual abuse for the sentencing length.

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Cardinal George Pell sentenced to six years in jail

Victim said "hard to take comfort" from his sentence.

He will spend a minimum of three years and eight months behind bars and will be eligible for parole in November 2022.

State and federal inquiries would later find it to be one of the Catholic dioceses worst-affected by cases of abuse, though none of the complaints against Pell stem from his time there.

"I do so without hesitation", Kidd said, noting that Pell was a figure of authority.

Sometime later, the complainant said he was again attacked by Pell who pushed him against a wall, fondled his genitals and then walked away.

And in the U.S., a Gallup poll found 37 percent of U.S. Catholics question remaining in the church. The second victim - who died of a heroin overdose in 2014 - also must have suffered "an immediate and lasting impact" and his father's statement was considered.

With global attention on historic abuse within the Catholic church, Kidd however stressed that it was Pell rather than the Vatican that was on trial.

He added Pell could not be made a scapegoat for the church's failings, nor for the trauma inflicted on other victims by other abusive priests.

If defrocked, Pell would be the highest profile figure to be dismissed from the priesthood in modern times and only the second Roman Catholic prelate to lose the title of cardinal in almost 100 years.

"I don't think six years is long enough", said a victims' advocate outside the court who gave her name as Rhonda.

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