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Philip Wilson: Ex-archbishop's verdict for covering up abuse abolished



  Philip Wilson leaves court in Newcastle, Australia (August 14, 2018)

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Philip Wilson was convicted in May for covering up sexual abuse of children

A former Catholic archbishop in Australia was convicted for having hidden sexual abuse of children.

A judge in New South Wales said there were legitimate doubts about the conviction of Philip Wilson.

Mr. Wilson, 68, was convicted of the world's oldest Catholic cleric for covering up sexual abuse until the end of his trial in May. However, he repeatedly denied the knowledge that pedophile priest James Patrick Fletcher had abused boys in the 70s' tragedy "

Mr Wilson filed an appeal in which Judge Roy Ellis was asked if prosecutors prove beyond any doubt Mr. Wilson did not report allegations against Fletcher following the priest's charge.

Fletcher was convicted In 2004, nine child sexual abuse charges were filed and died in prison in 2006.

At the earlier trial, he said Judge Robert Stone, Mr. Wilson, out of a desire to protect, kept silent the reputation of the church Mr. Wilson avoided the prison after his conviction and served at home in detention.

But Judge Ellis said Mr. Wilson had been honest and consistent

The judge said he had considered whether Mr. Wilson considered the "reasonable position" to be open Look for the charges so that he does not report them to the police until he is convinced that they are true. "

The Catholic Archdiocese of Adelaide issued a statement stating," We welcome the conclusion of a process that has taken place long and painful for all involved. "

Mr. Wilson resigned as Archbishop in July and remained an ordained bishop without an official role.


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