Ridsdale Pell He Knew
Title: Australian investigation alleged that Cardinal George Pell knew about abuse within the Catholic church for decades. One of the pedophile priests he allegedly helped protect has been sentenced to more jail time for his crimes.
Author: Rosie Perper
Publisher: Business Insider Australia
- An 85-year-old priest from Victoria, Australia, has been sentenced to more jail time after admitting to further abuse against young boys in the 1970s.
- Ridsdale has been in prison since 1994 and has been convicted of 179 offences against 69 victims between the years of 1961 and 1988.
- On Thursday, Victorian County Court Judge Gerard Mullaly extended Ridsdale’s sentence for at least another three years, making his earliest release date 2025. He said the extended sentence meant Ridsdale is “more likely to die in custody.”
- An unredacted Australian Royal Commission investigation released earlier this month found that senior figures in the Catholic Church, including Cardinal George Pell, knew about Ridsdale’s abuse and protected him.