In Australia, the head of the Secretariat of the Vatican was accused of sexual harassment

© AP Photo / Rick RycroftСотрудники law enforcement agencies of Australia. Archival photoIn Australia, the head of the Secretariat of the Vatican was accused of sexual harassment© AP Photo / Rick Rycroft

Australian police have charged the head of the Secretariat of the Vatican on economic matters, the Australian cardinal George Pell. allegations of sexual harassment, Reuters reported.

«Cardinal Pell is accused on several points, it concerns crimes of a sexual nature,» — said the representative of police of the Australian state of Victoria Shane Patton (Shane Patton). According to him, the charges were brought on the basis of several claims.

According to the police, the Pell must be brought before the court in Melbourne on 18 July.

In July last year it became known that the police conduct an investigation against Pella in connection with allegations of his involvement in the corruption of minors. As reported by Australian broadcaster ABC, the investigation of allegations against cardinal has been going on for years. The accusations against Pella affect the period from the 1970s to the 1990s. In October, Australian police have questioned Pell in this case. The cardinal said that «the allegation that he was ever in my life harassed anyone anywhere, absolutely false.»

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