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Australian cardinal George Bailey said to spend his first night behind bars on Wednesday after being reminded into custody following his conviction on child sexual abuse charges pale is a former top adviser the pope Francis and the verdict makes him the most senior Catholic clergyman to be convicted on child sex offenses worldwide at a sentence plea hearing on Wednesday email than the judge revoked pills bail and said he would be held in custody until being formally sentenced on March thirteenth arrived for the hearing escorted to the court by police through a crowd of people tickling and yelling abuse your , hill's guilty verdict was revealed to the public on Tuesday and involves five charges of child sexual abuse against two thirteen year old choirboys for the twenty years ago he faces a maximum of ten years on each of the five abuse charges hell was actually found guilty in early December but the verdict was only made public after a strict court suppression order was lifted this week that's because prosecutors dropped the second abuse case that was yet to be heard his lawyers have lodged an appeal and say that pale maintains his innocence the prosecutor told the court on Wednesday the crimes warranted quite immediate imprisonment but tells lawyer argued for a lenient sentence presenting a list of characteristics is that local media report included a former Strahan prime minister the Vatican responded to pills guilty verdict on Tuesday with a kind of a not a church band about again spokesperson calling then use painful and saying hello have the right to defend himself to the last degree the Catholic Church has been under mounting pressure to deal with a crisis of sexual abuse after scandals in the US Australia Chile and Germany with pope Francis holding a conference on the problem at the weekend when he called for a raising the crime from the face of the earth