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Cardinal George Pell sentenced to six years in prison for child sex abuse

Melbourne, Australia (CNN)Cardinal George Pell, the most senior Vatican official to be convicted of sex abuse to date, has been sentenced to six years in prison for the "callous" assault of two choirboys in the late 1990s.A former senior adviser to Pope Francis, Pell showed no reaction when Chief Judge Peter Kidd handed down his sentence in a hearing broadcast live worldwide on Wednesday from Victoria's County Court in central Melbourne.Pell, 77, was found guilty of one count of sexual penetration of a child and four counts of committing an indecent act with a child last December after a secret five-week trial.Reporting of the trial and verdict was suppressed by the court to avoid prejudicing a second trial, which crown prosecutors abandone ...
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