Cardinal George Pell has been found guilty of the historical sexual assault of two boys in the 1990s.
A jury convicted Australia’s highest-ranking Catholic of five sexual assault charges against the boys back in December, though his conviction was suppressed.
He fronted County court in Melbourne this morning, where the suppression order was lifted after a second trial was abandoned.
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He’s been found guilty of raping a choirboy and molesting another in 1990s.
Cardinal Pell has already launched an appeal, and maintains his innocence.
He’s due to be taken into custody tomorrow, before sentencing next month.
Cardinal Pell’s lawyers recently released the statement below.
“Cardinal George Pell has always maintained his innocence and continues to do so.
“An appeal has been lodged against his conviction and he will await the outcome of the appeal process.
“Although originally the cardinal faced allegations from a number of complainants, all charges except for those the subject of the appeal have now been either withdrawn, discharged or discontinued.
“He will not be commenting in the meantime,” the statement from Paul Galbally, Galbally & O’Bryan Lawyers, reads.