2 Trials Set For Cardinal Pell On Sex Abuse Charges


May 2, 2018

Attorneys for Cardinal George Pell, the former archbishop of Sydney, were granted a request that the allegations of child sex abuse against him that date back decades be handled in two separate trials.

Pell, the highest-ranking Vatican official to stand trial on such charges, appeared in court on Wednesday for the second day after pleading not guilty to multiple charges involving alleged sexual offenses dating from the 1970s and 1990s when he was a priest in the Melbourne area and later archbishop of the southern Australian city.

The 76-year-old Pell’s lawyer, Robert Richter, argued before Judge Sue Pullen that the charges from the 70s and those from the 90s were “of a completely different nature” and “separated by 20 years” and therefore should be handled discretely.

Last year, Pell publicly proclaimed his innocence, saying the allegations were all “false” and that “The whole idea of sexual abuse is abhorrent to me.”

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