He was expelled from the College of Cardinals and, later, from the priesthood, for pedophilia and concealment. Now, at 91, some victims will also be able to obtain civil justice. As it advances The Boston Globe, Former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick will face several counts of sexual abuse of minors in the state of Massachusetts (USA), which make him the highest-ranking ecclesiastic in the country to step on the bench.
Specifically, McCarrick was accused of sexually assaulting a 16-year-old teenager during a wedding at Wellesley College in the 1970s. Thus, the Wellesley Police have filed a complaint against the former cardinal, accusing him of three counts of assault. against modesty and assault on a minor. McCarrick will have to appear in court on August 26.
Although the case is statutory, a legal ruse allows the elder to stand trial, as McCarrick was not a Massachusetts resident, and the statute of limitations stopped running when he left the state. Now, by residing there again, the procedure has been activated again.
The investigation was opened in January by Norfolk and Middlesex county prosecutors, as well as Newton, Arlington and Wellesley police, after the victim’s attorney, Mitchell Garabedian, wrote a letter to district attorneys in Norfolk and Middlesex alleging sexual abuse by McCarrick.
Abuses in up to four states
“My client is showing an enormous amount of courage by being a whistleblower in the criminal process,” said Garabedian, adding that “he will be the first cardinal in the United States to be criminally charged with a sexual offense against a minor.”
According to the complaint, McCarrick was a friend of the family, and began abusing the young man when he was a child. According to the investigation, the former cardinal often went on trips with his family, and could have sexually abused the minor in up to four states: New Jersey, New York, California and Massachusetts.
On June 8, 1974, the alleged victim, who was 16 years old at the time, claimed that while at her brother’s wedding at Wellesley College, McCarrick told her that her father wanted the two of them to “have a talk” because the teenager he was being mischievous at home and not attending church, according to the report. As they walked around the campus, the clergyman touched his genitals, which he later repeated inside, claiming that he “had to confess.” “He caressed me while saying prayers to make me feel holy,” the report states.
Before leaving the room, McCarrick told him to “pray three Our Fathers and a Hail Mary or to be an Our Father and three Hail Marys, so that God would redeem you from your sins,” the report says.
During interviews with police, the man recounted subsequent incidents in which McCarrick sexually abused him in Arlington and Newton hotels, and provided four postcard photographs he had received from McCarrick when he was younger.
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