By Barbara Campbell and Scott Neuman
Australia’s High Court has found reasonable doubt that Cardinal George Pell sexually assaulted two boys in the 1990s and has overturned his conviction.
The court acquitted the former Vatican treasurer of the charges, and no retrial will be possible. The High Court ordered that he be released.
Pell, 78, had been serving a six-year prison sentence after he was convicted in December 2018 of sexually abusing two 13-year-old choirboys at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Melbourne.
As an adult, one of them went to the police in 2015 and accused the cardinal of abusing him and the other boy in 1996. The other individual died of a heroin overdose the previous year without reporting abuse.
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