Ex-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick — the previous archbishop of Washington, DC, who was kicked out of the priesthood over intercourse abuse allegations — has been charged with molesting a teenage boy in Massachusetts within the Nineteen Seventies.
The fees filed Wednesday make McCarrick, 91, the highest-ranking Roman Catholic official within the US to face prison raps within the clergy intercourse abuse scandal, in line with the Boston Globe.
The predatory priest is accused of groping a 16-year-old boy’s genitals on June 8, 1974, through the wedding ceremony reception of the teenager’s brother at Wellesley Faculty.
McCarrick allegedly instructed the boy that he “wanted to go to confession” and led him right into a room, the place he proceeded to assault him whereas “saying prayers to make me really feel holy,” the teenager instructed police.
The investigation into McCarrick started in January after the alleged sufferer’s legal professional, Mitchell Garabedian, wrote letters to the Norfolk and Middlesex district attorneys.
“My shopper is exhibiting an unlimited quantity of braveness by being a complainant within the prison course of,” mentioned Garabedian, a longtime advocate for church intercourse abuse victims.
“That is the primary cardinal in america ever charged criminally for a sexual offense in opposition to a minor,” he mentioned in a press release.
McCarrick had already been dealing with a slew of civil lawsuits in New York and New Jersey from males who alleged he sexually assaulted them once they had been youngsters between the Nineteen Seventies and Nineteen Nineties. Felony prices couldn’t be introduced in these instances because the statute of limitations has expired.
However the unholy creep could possibly be charged in Massachusetts, as a result of he wasn’t a state resident when the alleged abuse came about and the statute of limitations stopped working when he went house to New York, in line with the Globe.
On the time, McCarrick was a monsignor and secretary to then-New York Archbishop Cardinal Terence Cooke and lived within the rectory hooked up to St. Patrick’s Cathedral.
The Vatican knew for years that McCarrick slept with seminarians however solely started investigating him after a person alleged that he was sexually abused by the priest when he was an altar boy in New York within the Nineteen Seventies.
New York’s Cardinal Timothy Dolan spearheaded the probe into McCarrick, participating the evaluation board of the Archdiocese of New York.
McCarrick was booted from the ministry in 2018 after a evaluation discovered the allegation to be “credible and substantiated.”
Pope Francis defrocked him a yr later when Vatican officers discovered him responsible of requesting intercourse whereas listening to confession and of “sins” with each minors and adults.
McCarrick, who now lives in Missouri, has denied the allegations.
A summons was issued for him to seem in Dedham District Court docket on Aug. 26, for an arraignment on three counts of indecent assault and battery on an individual over 14.
“We are going to stay up for addressing this challenge within the courtroom,” his legal professional, Barry Coburn, instructed the Globe on Thursday.