Pell bribery accuser was himself a child abuser

A sex abuse survivor spokesman who accused Cardinal George Pell of bribery has been accused of not being transparent about his own record of abusing.

David Ridsdale is the nephew of notorious Australian paedophile priest Fr Gerald Ridsdale.

David Ridsdale has repeatedly called for Cardinal Pell and the Church to be transparent about what they knew about the abuse of children within Catholic institutions.

In 1995, David Ridsdale was charged with two counts of indecently assaulting a young boy, to which he pleaded guilty.

He was placed on a 12-month good behaviour bond, with the magistrate noting that his history of being abused may have led to his own abusing.

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