Australian archbishop avoids prison after concealing child abuse

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Australian archbishop avoids prison after concealing child abuse

Philip Wilson was sentenced to 12 months for covering up sexual abuse of children by priest from the Catholic Church.

Philip Wilson helped conceal sexual abuse by a priest in the 1970s [Peter Lorimer/AFP]
Philip Wilson helped conceal sexual abuse by a priest in the 1970s [Peter Lorimer/AFP

A former Australian archbishop found guilty of concealing the sexual abuse of children in the 1970s will not have to serve his sentence in prison and was allowed to do it at home instead.

Philip Wilson, 67, was sentenced to one year in jail for helping cover up crimes by priest Jim Fletcher in the Hunter region of New South Wales state.

Magistrate Robert Stone ruled on Tuesday that Wilson will not need to spend time behind bars, with his age and prior good record taken into account.

Wilson will be detained at his sister’s house for at least six months before he is eligible for parole. He…

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