Cardinal George Pell, the chief financial adviser to Pope Francis and Australia’s most senior member of the Catholic Church has been charged with multiple child sex offences. Australia’s Victoria Police have summoned the Cardinal Pell to appear at Melbourne Magistrates Court on July 18.
Deputy Commissioner Shane Patton told reporters that there are multiple complaints against Pell and police have charged him with “historic sexual assault offences.”
Series of Allegations
In 2016, Australian Police officers had questioned Cardinal Pell about the accusations of sexual assault committed between 1976 and 2001. Cases such as one man claimed that he has seen Cardinal Pell exposing himself to young boys and in another case, two men said that Pell touched their private parts in the 1970s. Also in 2002, a man claimed that he was sexually abused by the Cardinal in 1961.
According to a press release, which is reported by Yahoo News, “Although it is still in the early hours of the morning in Rome, Cardinal George Pell has been informed of the decision and action of Victoria Police.”
Source: Global News
However, Cardinal himself denied all the allegations and said that he would return as soon as possible, to clear his name following advice and approval from his doctors who will advise on his travel arrangements. He further added that he would defend the charges is looking forward to his day in court.
Victoria Police have also cleared that Cardinal George Pell has been treated in the same way as others in the investigation.