Cardinal George Pell, the most senior Vatican official to be convicted of sex abuse to date, has been sentenced to six years in prison for the “callous” assault of two choirboys in the late 1990s. Pell, 77, was found guilty of one count of sexual penetration of a child and four counts of committing an indecent act with a child last December after a secret five-week trial. On Wednesday, Judge Kidd said Pell’s attack on the victims was “breathtakingly arrogant” adding that the cardinal had assaulted the boys with “callous indifference to the victims’ distress.”
The most senior Catholic cleric ever charged with child sex abuse has been convicted of molesting two choirboys moments after celebrating Mass, dealing a new blow to the Catholic hierarchy’s credibility after a year of global revelations of abuse and cover-up. Pell faces a potential maximum 50-year prison term after a sentencing hearing that begins on Wednesday. He lodged an appeal last week against the convictions.
CBS denied former CEO Leslie Moonves the $120 million severance payout he expected after an investigation uncovered ‘grounds to terminate for cause.’ Moonves stepped down from his position of CEO in September amid sexual harassment allegations. CBS Moonves will not receive severance payment for reasons including ‘willful failure to cooperate’ with the company’s investigation.
Google staff around the world held an unprecedented walkout to address the company’s treatment of its female employees. Google employees demanded various changes in company policy including how sexual misconduct allegations are handled. CEO Sundar Pichai told staff he supports their right to action. Employees used the hashtag #googlewalkout to highlight the worldwide protest.
Pope Francis accepted the resignation of Bishop Juan Barros from Chile on Monday after he was accused of sexual abuse. The Pope also accepted the resignations of two other Chilean bishops. Abuse victims hope a new era has begun in which bishops and the church will be held responsible for covering up and ignoring abuse.
The University of Pennsylvania announced, Thursday, the honorary degrees awarded to Steve Wynn and Bill Cosby will be revoked, following allegations of sexual misconduct against both men. Wynn and Cosby both deny allegations against them. The University of Iowa plans to remove Wynn’s name from their vision institute, as well.
The US Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced that Bill Cosby and Roman Polanski have been expelled as members following their sexual crimes. The Academy said the decision is based on the upholding of ‘values of respect for human dignity.’ The decision was made by the Academy’s 54 members on May 1st.
Following Pope Francis’ defense of Chilean Bishop, Juan Barros, regarding a sexual abuse cover-up, a victim of pedophile cleric, Fernando Karadima, has revealed that he wrote to the Pope in 2015 about the cover-up. The revelation comes after Pope Francis denied receiving any evidence about the cover-up and saying perpetrators must face ‘sanctions.’
Michigan State University announced on Wednesday that a settlement for $500 million was reached with more than 300 women and girls who accused sports doctor Larry Nassar of sexual abuse. The settlement reserves $75 million for victims who come forward in the future. The settlement ends Michigan State University’s involvement in the Nassar case.
An Australian court ruled on Tuesday that Cardinal George Pell, the third-highest ranking member of the Vatican, must stand trial on charges of sexual abuse. Pell, the most senior figure in the Catholic Church to face criminal charges for alleged assault, pleaded not guilty on Tuesday. About half of the charges will proceed to trial.