CARDINAL George Pell, Australia's highest-ranking Catholic priest, has been convicted on five counts of child sexual abuse.
County Court chief judge Peter Kidd lifted a suppression order on the guilty verdict yesterday morning, allowing Australian media to detail the conviction of the man who once ranked as the third most powerful man in the Vatican.
Pell spent two years in Swan Hill, in the 1970s, assigned to the Mallee town as an assistant priest.
The Age reported a jury delivered the unanimous verdict to the County Court on December 11, it was the second trial Pell faced over the charges, with the first in August ending in a hung jury and requiring a retrial.
The jury found Pell guilty of sexually penetrating a child under the age of 16, as well as four charges of an indecent act with a child under the age of 16.
The offences occurred between December 1996 and early 1997 at St Patrick's Cathedral, just months after Pell was inaugurated as Archbishop of Melbourne.
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