George Pell to challenge child sex convictions in High Court

Cardinal George Pell will take his fight for freedom to the High Court, lodging papers to challenge his conviction for abusing two young boys.

Pell is serving a minimum three years and eight months after being convicted in February of sexually penetrating a child under the age of 16 as well as four charges of an indecent act with a child under the age of 16.

Pell appealed to Victoria’s Court of Appeal but that was rejected last month in a 2-1 split decision.


He argued he couldn’t have committed the offences because there was not enough time and he always had someone with him.

Lawyers for Pell have today lodged a special leave application to challenge his conviction in the High Court.

The matter will now be considered by a panel and either dismissed or the parties will be called to a brief hearing for further consideration.