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Cardinal George Pell first passes his time in prison to reveal that he has been abused

1996

* Pell appointed Archbishop of Melbourne by Pope John Paul II

* Pell sexually assaults two 13-year-old choirboys after a Sunday Mass at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, according to a later jury finding.

* A second indecent act is committed by Pell against one of the choir boys in a corridor near the cathedral, the same jury found.

2001-2014

* Pell was Archbishop of Sydney, 2001-2014.

* He created a cardinal in 2003.

2016

* The Herald-Sun reports that Pell is under investigation by the Victoria Police Sano Task Force for “multiple offenses” committed while he was a priest in Ballarat and Archbishop of Melbourne.

* Pell says the allegations are “groundless and completely false” and calls for an investigation into how the police investigation became public.

Victoria Police Chief Commissioner Graham Ashton asks the anti-corruption watchdog to investigate the leak, but denies that it came from the police.

* Pell provides evidence to the Royal Commission on institutional responses to child sexual abuse in Ballarat.

* According to the rules of the Vatican, Pell Pope Francis resigns on his 75th birthday, as usual. This is not accepted.

* The officers of the Victoria Police Department provide the state agency with a short list of evidence of allegations of sexual abuse by Pell.

Officers travel to Rome to interview Pell about allegations of abuse. He voluntarily takes part in the interview.

2017

* The police present their latest documentary evidence to the Public Prosecutor to investigate allegations.

Prosecutors give the green light to the police to charge Pell.

JUNE 2017

* Pell has been charged with multiple counts of historical sex crimes against children.

* He denies the charges and promises to clear his name.

* Lawyers for Pell appear in Melbourne Magistrates Court.

* Pell says goodbye to his Vatican lead in fighting the allegations.

JULY 2017

* Pell returns to Australia.

* He hires top lawyer Robert Richter QC.

Supporters are setting up a fund to help Pell fight the charges.

2018

MARCH 2018

Prosecutors drop one of the charges against Pell.

* A one-month, no-obligation hearing begins to determine whether Pell will be brought to trial.

* Prosecutors withdraw more costs.

* Mr. Richter alleges that the police carried out a “Get Pell operation” and accuses magistrate Belinda Wallington of bias.

She refuses to disqualify herself for the case.

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