The former choirboy who accused George Pell of abusing him in the 1990s says he hopes the High Court’s unanimous acquittal of the Cardinal does not discourage survivors from reporting abuse.
The man, known as Witness J, was one of two choirboys Cardinal Pell was convicted of sexually abusing.
The High Court of Australia yesterday quashed Cardinal Pell’s child sexual abuse convictions, granting Cardinal Pell’s application for special leave and unanimously acquitting him.
The 78-year-old was freed from Barwon Prison yesterday afternoon, and taken to a Catholic Church property in Melbourne’s inner east, where he is staying.
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