Former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick — once one of the highest-ranking Catholic officials in the U.S. — has been charged with sexually assaulting a teenage boy during a Massachusetts wedding reception in 1974, according to reports from the Boston Globe. McCarrick was defrocked in 2019 after a Vatican investigation confirmed he sexually molested both adults and children.
The 91-year-old is charged with three counts of indecent assault and battery on a person over the age of 14. According to the Associated Press, an attorney for McCarrick said they “look forward to addressing the case in the courtroom.”
Lawsuits have been filed by four New Jersey and New York individuals who allege McCarrick abused them as children while he was working in both states. In a statement, the law firm representing their cases said the allegations were ignored by the church for decades.