Former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick — the highest-ranking Roman Catholic official within the US to ever be charged with little one intercourse crimes — on Friday pleaded not responsible to abusing a 16-year-old boy in Massachusetts practically 50 years in the past.
An legal professional for McCarrick, 91, entered the plea on his behalf in Dedham District Courtroom exterior Boston.
“Disgrace on you!,” a protestor yelled because the masked defendant entered the courthouse with the help of a walker.
The previous Archbishop of Newark didn’t converse throughout the listening to. He was launched on $5,000 bail and was ordered to keep away from the alleged sufferer and any minors.
McCarrick — who was kicked out of the priesthood over intercourse abuse allegations — faces three counts of indecent assault and battery on an individual over 14. Massachusetts statute of limitations doesn’t apply to the 1974 allegation as a result of the disgraced former Cardinal doesn’t dwell within the state.
The accuser stated McCarrick approached him at his brother’s marriage ceremony reception and stated his father wished the then-priest to speak to him as a result of he was “being mischievous at house and never attending church.”
McCarrick then allegedly groped the boy throughout a stroll earlier than sexually assaulting him in a “coat room sort closet” on the reception, in keeping with prosecutors.
After the assault, McCarrick allegedly instructed the boy to “say three Our Fathers and a Hail Mary or it was one Our Father and three Hail Marys, so God can redeem you of your sins,” prosecutors stated.
“At this time’s arraignment offers hope for a lot of clergy intercourse abuse victims and survivors that justice will prevail, fact might be instructed and kids might be saved secure,” stated the accuser’s legal professional, Mitchell Garabedian, a longtime advocate for church intercourse abuse victims.
McCarrick was defrocked in 2019 by Pope Francis, two years after a former New York alter boy accused him of abuse. Two New Jersey dioceses then disclosed they’d settled sexual misconduct claims in opposition to him levied by adults, resulting in a Vatican investigation that discovered the excessive profile chief was responsible of widespread abuse.
McCarrick is the primary US cardinal to be charged with intercourse crimes. Cardinals in France and Australia have been convicted, however the verdicts had been later overturned or thrown out.
With Publish wires