Australian Cardinal George Pell has reportedly been found guilty on five charges related to serious sexual misconduct involving two boys at St Patrick’s Cathedral in Melbourne in the 1990s.
The trial, the specific charges, the testimony and almost all other details involving the accusations against the 77-year-old cardinal are covered by a court-issued “super injunction,” which forbids all media in Australia from reporting on it.
Cardinal Pell is expected to appeal the conviction.
Sources said Cardinal Pell pleaded not guilty to all charges but was found guilty on 11th December by a jury of 12 people, who delivered a unanimous verdict, as required by Victoria state statutes; the jury had deliberated for more than three days.
The trial took place before Judge Peter Kidd of the County Court of the State of Victoria; it was one of two trials Cardinal Pell is reportedly facing on accusations of abuse that allegedly occurred in the 1970s and in the 1990s.
Picture: Australian Cardinal George Pell leaves the Melbourne Magistrates Court on 6th October. (CNS photo/Mark Dadswell, Reuters).