Pope’s No3 faces jail as gagging order lifted unmasking him as cardinal convicted of abuse

Mail Online | 2/26/2019 | Joe Middleton For Mailonline
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Cardinal George Pell, Australia's highest ranking Catholic, is facing jail after he has been found guilty of raping a choirboy in the 1990s and molesting another.

Pell, 77, is the Vatican's treasurer and is the most senior Catholic clergyman to be found guilty of child sex offences anywhere in the world.

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He was found guilty of four counts of indecent assault and one count of rape by a Melbourne jury last December, following three days of deliberations.

The trial and verdict could not be reported until now due to a court-imposed suppression order, as Pell was due to face another trial on older historical child sex.

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Those additional charges were dropped and the judge lifted the reporting restrictions.

Pell's victims were two 13-year-old boys on scholarships to the prestigious St Kevin's College.

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The pair 'nicked off' after a Sunday solemn mass in late 1996 and were caught swigging sacramental wine in the priest's sacristy by Pell, newly installed as Archbishop of Melbourne.

'What are you doing here, you're in trouble,' Pell scolded their boys.

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The jury was told Pell exposed his **** from beneath his ornate ceremonial robes, and molested the pair.

Pell had repeatedly and vehemently denied the accusations against him and Pope Francis had granted him a leave of absence to return to Australia to defend himself. He has lodged an appeal of his conviction.

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One of the victims, now in his 30s, brought the allegations to police after years of having struggled to understand what he'd experienced.

The boy said he was sexually assaulted again by Pell a month or so after he was raped, recalling that he was pushed against a cathedral wall by the now-Cardinal.

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'He shoved me against the wall violently and squeezed my genitals,' the court was told.

Pell's other victim died in 2014 in accidental circumstances.

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