Melbourne, Australia, Mar 4, 2019 / 16:40 pm
A man who says he was sexually assaulted in the 1970s by Australia's Cardinal George Pell says he will file a lawsuit against the cardinal, after prosecutors scuttled a plan to try Pell for the alleged abuse.
The man, whose name has not been disclosed, claims that Pell touched him inappropriately while playing with him in the swimming pool of a Church-run boys' home where he resided. The man, referred to by his attorney as "David," is now 50. He lived at the boys' home from 1974 to 1978, leaving the home before he was ten years old. Pell was at that time a priest serving in Ballarat, Australia.
Pell was convicted last year of five counts of sexual abuse, stemming from charges that he sexually assaulted two choir boys in a cathedral in the 1990s, while Pell was Archbishop of Melbourne. He was expected to face a second trial concerning allegations that in the 1970s he sexually assaulted two other boys in the Ballarat swimming pool. Prosecutors dropped that case before trial, citing insufficient evidence.
Charges related to "David's" claim were dropped weeks before prosecutors decided to scuttle the entire trial.