A Vatican official has been found guilty of sexually abusing two choir boys back in the 90s.
According to reports, Cardinal George Pell is The Vatican’s third highest ranking official. Pell was convicted by a jury in Australia. The jury took three days to reach a verdict, reports The Daily Beast. Sources told them that a gag order prevented any details of the trial being made public.
Cardinal Pell was the finance chief at the Vatican and reportedly left Rome back in June 2017 to stand trial in Melbourne. He was accused of sexually abusing the choir boys when he was the archbishop at St. Patrick's Cathedral.
"All along I have been completely consistent and clear in my total rejection of these allegations," Pell said at the time. "News of these charges strengthens my resolve and court proceedings now offer me an opportunity to clear my name and then return here back to Rome to work."
The verdict makes Cardinal Pell the highest-ranking Vatican official ever to stand trial for sex abuse. A previous trial resulted in a hung jury.