Former U.S. Cardinal Theodore McCarrick Charged for Allegedly Sexually Abusing Minor in 1974

The Dedham District Court in Massachusetts on Wednesday has charged former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick for allegedly sexually assaulting a 16-year-old boy in the 1970s.

The criminal complaint charged McCarrick, 91, with three counts of indecent assault and battery on a person over 14, stemming from an incident that happened at Wellesley College in 1974.

The criminal complaint, presented by Wellesley Police Detective Christopher Connelly, alleges that the unnamed accuser met McCarrick through his uncle, the cardinal’s former classmate. It outlined multiple incidents of alleged abuse by McCarrick, most of which took place outside of Massachusetts in New Jersey, New York, and California.

Mitchell Garabedian, the attorney representing the unnamed victim, said that the criminal charges make McCarrick the highest-ranking Catholic official in the US to face criminal charges for sex abuse of a minor.

Pope Francis defrocked McCarrick in 2019 after a Vatican investigation confirmed that he had sexually molested adults, as well as children.

Barry Coburn, a lawyer for McCarrick, told The Associated Press that they “look forward to addressing the case in the courtroom” and declined further comment.

McCarrick, who now lives in Missouri, has been ordered to appear in Massachusetts for his arraignment on August 26.

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