Melbourne, Australia, Mar 12, 2019 / 17:18 pm
Cardinal George Pell was sentenced Wednesday to six years imprisonment, after being convicted in December of sexual abuse of two choirboys in 1996. He will be eligible for parole after serving three years and eight months of his sentence.
Chief Judge Peter Kidd handed down the sentence March 13 from the Victoria County Court. Kidd's remarks of more than 70 minutes were broadcast live. Several times Kidd characterized Pell's behavior as "brazen", and he called him "extraordinarily arrogant."
Kidd said that "you had a degree of confidence that the victims would not complain," and that "you clearly felt that you did not need" to threaten them to keep them from making a complaint.
The prefect emeritus of the Secretariat for the Economy has maintained his innocence, and will apply to appeal his conviction in June.