Former cardinal charged with sexual assault

Theodore McCarrick in 2014 (CNS/Gregory A. Shemitz)

Former cardinal Theodore McCarrick has been criminally charged with sexual assault of a teenage boy, a crime alleged to have occurred in the 1970s. Source: CNA.

Mr McCarrick was dismissed from the clerical state by Pope Francis in 2019, after the Vatican conducted an expedited canonical investigation and found Mr McCarrick guilty of “solicitation in the Sacrament of Confession, and sins against the Sixth Commandment with minors and with adults, with the aggravating factor of the abuse of power”.

According to court documents, Mr McCarrick was charged with three counts of indecent assault and battery on a person over the age of 14. These are the first criminal charges he has faced in a civil court.

The criminal complaint was issued yesterday through Massachusetts' Dedham District Court. It was filed by a detective of the Wellesley Police Department. It cites a January 11, 2021, interview with the alleged victim which lasted more than two hours, as well as a four-hour January 25 follow-up interview.

Mr McCarrick was created a cardinal in 2001, but resigned from the College of Cardinals after it emerged in June 2018 that he had been credibly accused of sexually assaulting a minor. Allegations of serial sexual abuse of minors, seminarians, and priests soon followed, and Mr McCarrick was dismissed from the clerical state in February 2019.


Former cardinal Theodore McCarrick charged with sexual assault of a minor (By Joe Bukuras, Carl Bunderson, Matt Hadro, Kevin J Jones, CNA)


Boston Globe: Police charge McCarrick with assault in case dating to 1970s (CNS)

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