The Catholic Archbishop of Adelaide Philip Wilson is the most senior Catholic official in the world to be convicted of covering up child sexual abuse.
- Key details in the case of Adelaide Archbishop Wilson who has been convicted and sentenced for concealing child sex crimes.
- Archbishop of Adelaide Philip Wilson, 67, is the most senior Catholic official in the world to be charged with covering up child sex abuse.
- Wilson was accused of failing to report to police the repeated abuse of two altar boys by paedophile priest James Fletcher in the NSW Hunter region in the 1970s.
- Fletcher was found guilty in December 2004 of nine counts of child sexual abuse.
- One of the victims, Peter Creigh, expected Wilson - an assistant priest at the time - to take action after he told him Fletcher repeatedly abused him when he was 10 in 1971.
- A second victim, who cannot be named, said he was about 11 in 1976 when he went into a confessional box to tell Wilson how Fletcher had abused him.
- Magistrate Robert Stone led the magistrate-only trial at Newcastle Local Court.
- Wilson, who is suffering from the early stages of Alzheimer's disease, said he could not remember the two altar boys telling him in 1976 about the abuse.
- Prosecutor Gareth Harrison claimed Wilson had maintained a "cover-up attitude" since 1976 to protect the church's reputation.
- Defence barrister Stephen Odgers SC argued Wilson was not guilty because the case was circumstantial and there was no evidence to prove beyond a reasonable doubt the archbishop was told about the abuse.
- The magistrate found Wilson guilty on May 22 of concealing child sex abuse during the 1970s.
- Prosecutor Gareth Harrison argued Wilson must be jailed to deter other institutional cover-ups, to denounce the conduct and to recognise the harm done to the victims.
- Defence barrister Ian Temby QC said Wilson may not survive being jailed, which would likely worsen his many chronic illnesses and put him at risk of violence from fellow inmates.
- Wilson was sentenced on July 3 to 12 months' imprisonment with a non-parole period of six months.
- But he could end up serving his sentence in home detention, rather than jail, after the magistrate ordered he be assessed for an intensive corrections order.
- A final decision is expected on August 14.
Time in the church
- Archbishop of Adelaide Philip Edward Wilson, 67
- Appointed Archbishop in December 2001. Stood down after his conviction in May this year, but has not resigned
- Ordained as a priest in 1975 in Diocese of Maitland (now Maitland-Newcastle) in NSW
- The conviction relates to his time as an assistant priest in the Maitland diocese - two altar boys told him in 1976 they were abused by paedophile priest James Fletcher
- Was Bishop of Wollongong 1996-2000.