[Courtesy of: Fox News Channel https://www.foxnews.com/world/australian-cardinal-george-pell-given-6-year-prison-sentence-for-child-sex-abuse-report]
An Australian judge on Wednesday reportedly handed down a six-year prison term to a cardinal found guilty last year of committing child sex abuse more than two decades ago.
Cardinal George Pell was convicted in December of molesting a pair of choirboys in the late 1990s at a cathedral in Melbourne, according to The Associated Press.
The 77-year-old – who has denied the accusations and plans to mount an appeal – will not be considered for parole until he spends at least three years and eight months behind bars, the report said.
Victoria state County Court Chief Judge Peter Kidd, who sentenced the religious official, indicated that factors such as age and a lack of prior criminal record, led him to believe that Pell would not be a repeat offender.
But he also said he believed Pell’s “conduct was permeated by staggering arrogance,” adding that he had appeared to lack remorse.