NEWCASTLE, Australia  | Australian archbishop convicted of child sex abuse cover-up

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NEWCASTLE, Australia  | Australian archbishop convicted of child sex abuse cover-up

NEWCASTLE, Australia  — An Australian archbishop on Tuesday became the most senior Roman Catholic cleric in the world convicted of covering up child sex abuse and faces a potential two years in prison when he is sentenced next month.

Magistrate Robert Stone handed down the verdict against Archbishop of Adelaide Philip Wilson in Newcastle Local Court, north of Sydney, following a magistrate-only trial.

Wilson, 67, had pleaded not guilty to concealing a serious crime committed by another person — the sexual abuse of children by pedophile priest James Fletcher in the 1970s.

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