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Tougher sentence sought for cleric’s cover-up of abuse

By Carla White

Australian prosecutors have said they will appeal for a tougher sentence for the most senior Roman Catholic cleric convicted of covering up child sex abuse.

A magistrate ordered ex-Adelaide Archbishop Philip Wilson to be detained at his sister's New South Wales home for at least six months of a one-year sentence before he is eligible for parole.

The 67-year-old cleric was convicted in May of failing to report to police the repeated abuse of two altar boys by a paedophile priest in Sydney in the 1970s.

The Australian director of public prosecutions' office said prosecutors are appealing the "inadequacy" of the sentence.

Wilson had faced a possible sentence of two years in jail.

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