A former Australian priest convicted of sexually abusing more than 70 children plans to plead guilty to a new similar charge, officials said.
Ridsdale's attorney explained the plan in court, while Ridsdale appeared by video conference from prison.
Ridsdale has been behind bars for 30 years. The Herald-Sun noted he pleaded guilty then to sexual abuse of 71 children in the Ballarat Diocese near the Victoria-South Australia state line.
Ridsdale is scheduled for a plea hearing in the latest case, his eighth in all, on June 22. He is not scheduled for possible parole until 2027.
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The Australian child sex scandal brought down Cardinal George Pell. A Royal Commission concluded he knew about abuse by priests during the 1970s, including Ridsdale taking boys on camping trips, but did nothing about it.
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