New Cardinal George Pell faces new allegations of child abuse as new accuser shows up

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Cardinal George Pell is believed to be the subject of a police investigation after a new accuser alleges new allegations of child abuse.

One week after the successful appeal to the High Court against child sex convictions, Victoria police were investigating a separate charge against Pell, 78.

Police have yet to approach Pell or his legal team regarding the new allegation – which is believed to date back to the 1970s, according to the Herald Sun.

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Cardinal George Pell is believed to be under police investigation after a new accuser presented new allegations of child abuse. Pictured: Pell arrives at the Good Shepherd seminar in Sydney on April 8

Cardinal George Pell is believed to be under police investigation after a new accuser presented new allegations of child abuse. Pictured: Pell arrives at the Good Shepherd seminar in Sydney on April 8

George Pell Leaves Barwon Prison April 7 After Cancellation of Child Sexual Convictions

George Pell Leaves Barwon Prison April 7 After Cancellation of Child Sex Convictions

A man now in a professional position is said to have laid the charge.

A spokeswoman for the cardinal said Monday evening, “In any police matter, there should be due process through the proper channels.”

Daily Mail Australia does not suggest that the new allegations are true – only that the police would investigate.

Cardinal Pell was not informed of the new investigation until Monday, the newspaper reported.

A taped interview between Cardinal Pell and Sky News Australia presenter Andrew Bolt will air on Tuesday evening, in which Cardinal Pell said he would “not be entirely surprised” if the police tried to prosecute him again.

Bolt asked the cardinal if he was ashamed of the Catholic church’s handling of child sexual abuse scandals.

‘Yes. There are two levels. The first is the crimes themselves, and then the treatment, which has been so inadequate for so long, “said Cardinal Pell.

“It’s like eliminating cancer. Please God, we got rid of it.

Cardinal Pell said he condemns “this kind of activity,” adding that he has seen the damage that sexual abuse has caused to the victims.

“One of the things that grieves me is the suggestion that I am anti-victim, or not sympathetic enough,” he said.

Pell also criticized the role of the ABC by presenting a unilateral view of his legal test.

Pope Benedict XVI with Cardinal George Pell in July 2008 at an interfaith meeting in Sydney

Pope Benedict XVI with Cardinal George Pell in July 2008 at an interfaith meeting in Sydney

“I believe in freedom of expression,” said Cardinal Pell. “I recognize the right of those who differ from me to simply express their views.

“But in a national broadcaster, having an overwhelming presentation from one point of view and from one point of view is a betrayal of the national interest. “

The interview also highlights Cardinal Pell’s experiences in prison – where he befriended a number of detainees, including a convicted murderer.

Cardinal Pell (photographed in St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican City in 2013) has always maintained his innocence. He was not informed of the new investigation reported until Monday

Cardinal Pell (photographed in St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican City in 2013) has always maintained his innocence. He was not informed of the new investigation reported until Monday

The cardinal won his appeal to the High Court on April 7 and was released from Barwon prison, near Geelong, after more than 400 days behind bars.

He traveled from Melbourne to Sydney on Wednesday – stopping briefly at a gas station to buy a phone charger and newspapers.

78-year-old man traveled from Melbourne to Sydney on April 8 - briefly stopping at a gas station (photo)

78-year-old man traveled from Melbourne to Sydney on April 8 – briefly stopping at a gas station (photo)

On April 8, Cardinal Pell arrived at the Good Shepherd Seminary in Homebush, west of Sydney.

He issued a statement saying that the grave injustice he had suffered had been repaired.

“I have no ill will towards my accused, I don’t want my acquittal to add to the pain and bitterness that so many people feel; there is certainly enough pain and bitterness, “he said on Tuesday.

The 78-year-old said his trial was not a referendum on the Catholic Church or the way in which the authorities of the Australian Church had treated pedophilia.

The 78-year-old spoke frankly about church failures after his release from prison in an interview with Sky News Australia presenter Andrew Bolt. Pell is photographed in 2008

The 78-year-old spoke frankly about the church’s failures after his release from prison in an interview with Sky News Australia presenter Andrew Bolt. Pell is photographed in 2008

“The important thing was to know if I had committed these horrible crimes, and I did not do it,” he said.

In December 2018, a jury found Cardinal Pell guilty of five counts, accepting the testimony of a complainant that the then Archbishop of Melbourne had sexually assaulted him and another 13-year-old singer St Patrick’s Cathedral in 1996.

One of the choir’s children died in 2014, prompting the other to report the allegations to the police.

In a first trial, a jury was unable to reach a verdict. The second jury was unanimous in its decision. Last year, an appeal to the Victoria Court of Appeal was unsuccessful.

Cardinal Pell has always maintained his innocence, a fact noted in the 26-page High Court decision.

Freedom Sentencing Sentences: Chronology of the George Pell Case

1996

* Pell appointed Archbishop of Melbourne by Pope John Paul II

* Pell sexually abuses two 13-year-old choir boys after a solemn Sunday mass at St Patrick’s Cathedral, according to a later finding by the jury.

* A second indecent act is committed by Pell against one of the altar boys in a corridor of the cathedral, found the same jury.

2001-2014

* Pell was Archbishop of Sydney, 2001-2014.

* He created a cardinal in 2003.

2016

* The Herald-Sun reports that Pell is under investigation by the Victoria Police Sano task force for “multiple offenses” committed while he was a priest in Ballarat and archbishop of Melbourne.

* Pell says the allegations are “baseless and completely untrue” and calls for an investigation into how the police investigation became public.

* Victoria’s chief police commissioner Graham Ashton calls on the anti-corruption watchdog to investigate the leak, but denies it came from the police.

* Pell testifies at the Royal Commission on Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse in Ballarat.

* According to Vatican rules, Pell resigns from Pope Francis on his 75th birthday, as usual. It is not accepted.

* Victoria police investigators provide the state’s prosecution office with evidence on the allegations of sexual abuse by Pell.

* Officers travel to Rome to question Pell on the allegations of ill-treatment. He voluntarily participates in the interview.

2017

* The police present their final brief to the public prosecutor to examine the charges.

* Prosecutors give the go-ahead to the police to charge Pell.

JUNE 2017

* Pell is charged with multiple counts of sexual offenses against children.

* He denies the charges and vows to erase his name.

* Pell’s lawyers appear before the Melbourne Magistrates Court.

* Pell takes leave of his role of chief financial officer of the Vatican to fight the accusations.

JULY 2017

* Pell returns to Australia.

* He hires the best lawyer Robert Richter QC.

* Supporters have set up a fund to help Pell fight the charges.

2018

MARCH 2018

* Prosecutors drop one of the charges against Pell.

* A month-long committal hearing begins to determine if Pell will be tried.

* Prosecutors are dropping more charges.

* Richter says police conducted “Get Pell Operation” and accuses magistrate Belinda Wallington of bias.

She refuses to disqualify herself from the case.

MAY 2018

* Wallington orders Pell to stand trial on certain charges but dismisses others.

* Pell officially pleads “not guilty”.

* Two trials are ordered, separating the allegations of the 1970s and 1990s.

* An employee of the Victoria County court is dismissed for seeking information about the Pell case.

AUGUST 2018

* The “cathedral trial” of the 90s begins in the Victoria County Court in Melbourne.

* Pell again pleads not guilty to the charge of sexually penetrating a child under the age of 16 and four indecent acts with a child following incidents involving two 13-year-old choirs at St Patrick’s Cathedral in 1996.

SEPTEMBER 2018

* The jury is dismissed, unable to decide after a week of deliberation. Some jurors cry.

NOVEMBER 2018

* A new trial begins. The jury is not informed of the previous suspended jury.

DECEMBER 2018

* Pell is found guilty of all charges by a unanimous jury.

* Mr. Richter says that Pell will appeal.

* Law enforcement orders prevent Australian media from reporting the verdict, but it spread to international media within hours.

2019

FEBRUARY 2019

* Hearings begin before the second trial. Prosecutors Drop Another Charge

* An appeal is filed against the conviction for the trial of the cathedral.

* A county court judge ruled vital evidence inadmissible.

* Prosecutors drop all remaining charges against Pell and drop a second trial for allegations that Pell assaulted boys in Ballarat in the 1970s while he was parish priest.

* Pell was placed in police custody on February 27 at the start of the plea hearing.

MARCH 2019

* Pell is sentenced by County Court Chief Justice Peter Kidd to a maximum of six years in prison. He must serve at least three years and eight months in prison before being eligible for parole. He will be a life sex offender.

JUNE 2019

* The Court of Appeal is considering Pell’s request to challenge his conviction on June 5 and 6.

AUGUST 21, 2019

* The Court of Appeal confirms Pell’s conviction.

SEPTEMBER 17, 2019

* Pell files a request for special leave to appeal to the Australian High Court.

11-12 MARCH 2020:

* The High Court meets to hear the appeal.

APRIL 7, 2020:

* The seven High Court judges unanimously agree to dismiss all convictions and Pell is released from prison.

APRIL 14, 2020:

Cardinal Pell is reportedly under investigation for new allegations of child abuse.

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