Prosecutors are set to appeal the sentence handed down to former Adelaide Archbishop Philip Wilson for failing to report child sexual abuse, arguing the sentence is too lenient. Source: The Advertiser.
The New South Wales Director of Public Prosecutions has lodged an “inadequacy appeal” against Archbishop Wilson’s 12-month jail term, which was to be served on home detention. He must serve at least six months of the home detention order.
Archbishop Wilson has lodged his own appeal against his conviction, which will be heard next month.
However, prosecutors will put forward their own case against what they say is an inadequate sentence in the District Court in Newcastle on Wednesday, September 13.
Archbishop Wilson was found guilty in May of failing to report paedophile priest James Fletcher’s historic sex abuse against altar boys in the NSW Hunter Region in the 1970s and 1980s. He was found to have withheld information about the offending from police between 2004 and 2006.
Archbishop Wilson refused to resign as Adelaide’s Archbishop for two months after his conviction but following pressure from child abuse victims, Catholic priests and the then-prime minister Malcolm Turnbull, he resigned in July as a “catalyst to heal pain and distress”.