Defrocked prelate Theodore McCarrick arraigned for child sex abuse charges

(RNS) — Frail Cardinal Theodore McCarrick used to be arraigned Friday morning in Massachusetts, where the defrocked prelate faces legal charges of sexually abusing a 16-year-outdated child in 1974.

McCarrick, 91, seemed instant in court docket in Dedham on Friday (Sept. 3) to hear allegations that he persistently sexually abused the kid of a family friend, including at some level of the sacrament of confession at a marriage that took site at Wellesley College. The alleged victim has additionally accused McCarrick of molesting him on family trips and at various resorts within the tell.

He pleaded no longer responsible to the charges and used to be ordered to stay far flung from the alleged victim and folks below the age of 18.

McCarrick used to be berated by abuse survivors and demonstrators as he approached the court docket in a walker, in step with The Washington Post. They shouted: “Disgrace on you! Prince of the church!”

The once prominent cleric — a liberal who used to be seen as a powerbroker when he served as the Catholic archbishop of Washington — used to be charged with three counts of vulgar assault and battery on a particular person over 14, making him the first U.S. cardinal criminally charged for such crimes. Every carries a most sentence of five years in jail.

McCarrick has been accused of child sex abuse in pretty pretty a few states similar to Contemporary York and Contemporary Jersey. Nonetheless the statute of limitations has expired in those states, combating legal charges from being filed.

To boot, McCarrick used to be defrocked by Catholic Church officers in 2019 after authorities deemed sex abuse allegations in opposition to him to be “credible and substantiated.” He has additionally been accused of harassing grownup seminarians.

A two-year Vatican investigation made public final year additionally suggested excessive-ranking Catholic officers — including popes — dismissed or failed to behave on allegations of sexual misconduct that surrounded McCarrick for decades. Amongst those singled out within the checklist: Pope John Paul II, who appointed McCarrick as archbishop of Washington, D.C., despite info of a probe that concluded the prelate slept with seminarians.

The alleged victim would perhaps be represented by Mitchell Garabedian, a lawyer who has spent his profession representing child sex abuse victims — including those abused by Catholic prelates. Garabedian’s litigation in opposition to Catholic officers used to be depicted within the 2015 movie “Spotlight.”

McCarrick’s subsequent court docket date is decided for Oct. 28.

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