Sexual Abuse: Cardinal George Pell reaches Australia to face the charges
Sydney [Australia], Jul 10: Australia’s highest-ranking Catholic, Cardinal George Pell on Monday arrived here to face sexual abuse charges framed against him in Melbourne later this month.
Pell landed Sydney early in the morning after flying from the Vatican via Singapore, reported the Guardian.
The 76-year old, who was a former Melbourne and Sydney Archbishop and Ballarat priest, was charged with multiple sexual offenses by the Victoria police on June 30.
Pell will face a Melbourne court on July 26 for a preliminary hearing related to offenses he reportedly committed decades ago.
The Australia’s most senior Catholic in his defense said he is innocent and is looking forward to fighting the charges against him in court.
Pell, who is the top adviser to Pope Francis, has taken leave as the Vatican’s financial chief to fight the charges.
“There has been relentless character assassination. I’m looking forward, finally, to having my day in court,” he told reporters in Rome after the charges were made.