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The ex-cardinal Theodore McCarrick, who was removed from office by the Vatican in 2019 on allegations of sexual abuse, now faces criminal charges in Massachusetts for alleged sexual abuse of a minor nearly 50 years ago, according to a court record.
According to a criminal complaint filed Wednesday, McCarrick is charged with three counts of indecent battery and assault on a person over the age of 14. The complaint was filed by Wellesley police in Dedham District Court, according to CNN.
The Boston Globe was the first to report the criminal charges.
The indictment states that the unidentified victim told investigators via Zoom in January that McCarrick had been friends with a family member and described multiple incidents of alleged sexual abuse by McCarrick, most of which took place outside. of Massachusetts in New Jersey, New York and California.
An incident took place in Wellesley, Massachusetts, in June 1974 at the victim’s brother’s wedding, where the victim said McCarrick allegedly took him aside and said, “Your dad wants you to come with me and talk to me. You’re being naughty at home and not going to church. We need to go out and have a conversation, ”according to the complaint.
The complaint claims the victim told investigators that McCarrick repeatedly sexually abused him over the years, including as an adult, with abuse also allegedly taking place in nearby Newton, Massachusetts, when he was older.
McCarrick is the highest ranking Catholic official in the United States facing criminal charges for sexual abuse of a minor, according to the anonymous victim’s attorney, Mitchell Garabedian.
“Historically, this is the first time in the United States that a cardinal has been criminally charged with a sexual offense against a minor,” Garabedian said in a press release. “It takes an enormous amount of courage for a victim of sexual abuse to report that they have been sexually abused to investigators and to proceed with the criminal process.”
Barry Coburn, McCarrick’s attorney, told CNN in a statement: “We are going to address this issue in the courtroom.” McCarrick has maintained his innocence in the past with respect to previous allegations.