March 9, 2021

The ex-archbishop wins the appeal to his conviction for covering up a case of pedophilia

The ex-archbishop wins the appeal to his conviction for covering up a case of pedophilia



An Australian judge acquitted Adelaide ex-archbishop Philip Wilson today by accepting his appeal against the one-year house arrest sentence imposed on him for covering up a pedophilia case.

Wilson, 68, was found guilty in May of covering up, during a police investigation between 2004 and 2006, the sexual abuse committed by priest James Fletcher against two of his altar boys in the 1970s.

Judge Roy Ellis of the district court of Newcastle, in the state of New South Wales, revoked the sentence imposed by a lower court considering that the prosecution could not prove beyond reasonable doubt the guilt of the prelate.

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