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BREAKING: Judge Delivers Historic George Pell Sentence

GEORGE PELL HAS BEEN SENTENCED TO 6 years TODAY IN A LANDMARK JUDGMENT BY CHIEF JUSTICE PETER KIDD. 

The non-parole period is 3 years and 8 months. 

He is also registered for life a sex offender. 

All eyes were on Melbourne today as convicted child abuser George Pell learned his fate.

The historic moment was viewed across the world as Judge Kidd made the decision to broadcast the sentencing.

The courtroom was packed with abuse survivors who had their own interest in the result, beyond that of Pell's surviving victim, now aged in his 30s.

He was orally raped by Pell in the priest's sacristy after a Sunday mass in December 1996, forced to watch as Pell molested his 13-year-old friend, and then molested again by Pell a month later.

The other boy died in 2014.

Pell, 77, was convicted in December of one charge of sexually penetrating a child and four of committing indecent acts with a child. Each offence carries a 10-year maximum prison sentence.

Pell, who was until late-February the Vatican's treasurer, is the highest-ranking Catholic to be convicted of child sexual abuse

Senior crown prosecutor Mark Gibson SC foreshadowed in a pre-sentence hearing that Pell would spend "significant time" in prison, including likely long periods in lockdown because of his high profile.

Pell maintains his innocence and intends to challenge the conviction in the Court of Appeal, which will be heard in June.

He has already served two weeks behind bars.

With AAP

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