Former Catholic Cardinal Theodore McCarrick was expelled from the priesthood in 2019 after a Vatican investigation found him guilty of sexual assault.
Reuters Former Catholic Cardinal Theodore McCarrick was accused of molesting a 16-year-old boy during a wedding in 1974, making him the highest-ranking Catholic official in the United States to be criminally prosecuted for sexual assault of a minor.
Documents filed with state court in Dedham, Massachusetts, on Wednesday showed McCarrick, 91, facing three counts of indecent assault and assault on a person 14 or older.
McCarrick, 91, was expelled from the priesthood in 2019 after a Vatican investigation found him guilty of sexual assault.
A lengthy Vatican report published in November 2020 showed McCarrick rose through the church hierarchy despite persistent rumors of sexual misconduct, promoted by Pope John Paul II in 2000.
“We look forward to taking the case to court,” McCarrick’s attorney, Barry Coburn, told Reuters.
The victim’s attorney, Mitchell Garabedian, said the case is the first time a US cardinal has been criminally charged with a sexual offense against a minor.
“It takes a lot of courage for a sexual assault victim to report her sexual harassment to investigators and move forward with the criminal case,” he said in an email.
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