Philip Wilson. EPA

Former Archbishop of Adelaide Philip Wilson has had his conviction for concealing child sexual abuse overturned.

Adelaide, who was found guilty in May of concealing the abuse of altar boys in the 1970s by pedophile priest James Fletcher, has successfully appealed his conviction.

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A court in New South Wales on Thursday ruled in favor of Wilson, saying there was reasonable doubt the clergyman had ever committed the crime, according to a statement from New South Wales Courts.

The 68-year-old Wilson had been the highest-ranking Catholic official ever to be convicted of covering up sex abuse.

He avoided prison after a court earlier sentenced him to home detention under his sister’s custody.

Wilson resigned his post in July, even as he continued efforts to appeal the original conviction.