Prosecutors receive brief of evidence on Cardinal George Pell sex abuse allegations


A brief of evidence concerning historical claims of sexual abuse at the hands of Cardinal George Pell has been delivered to prosecutors for consideration.

Victoria Police confirmed with AAP on Monday night that investigators had delivered the brief to the Office of Public Prosecutions.

It's a significant development in the case since three police travelled to Rome in October to speak with the former Ballarat priest and Melbourne archbishop.

Ausralian cardinal George Pell reads a statement in 2016 after meeting with relatives of and victims of sex abuse at the hands of Catholic priests. Photo: AAP

Cardinal Pell now resides full-time at the Vatican.

He cited ill-health as a reason he could not travel back to Australia to give evidence in last year's royal commission into institutional responses to child sexual abuse, appearing instead via video link.

Allegations emerged in 2015 from two men who said they were groped as children by Cardinal Pell when he was a priest in Ballarat during the 1970s.

Cardinal George Pell, speaking during an interfaith memorial service at St. Mary's Cathedral, Sydney, in 2011. Photo: AAP

Another man claimed he saw the priest expose himself to young boys in the late 1980s.

Cardinal Pell previously released a statement rejecting "all and every allegation of sexual abuse" and would continue co-operating with Victoria Police until the investigation was finalised.