Former Roman Catholic cardinal Theodore McCarrick, the as soon as-extremely effective American prelate who was expelled from the priesthood for sexual abuse, pleaded not guilty Friday to sexually assaulting a 16-yr-gentle boy all over a bridal ceremony reception in Massachusetts almost 50 years prior to now.
McCarrick, 91, wore a cowl against the unfold of Covid-19 and entered suburban Boston’s Dedham district court docket hunched over a walker.
“Shame on you!” a protester shouted.
He did not suppose all around the hearing, at which the court docket entered a not guilty plea on his behalf, plight bail at $5,000, and ordered him to preserve away from the sufferer and create not possess any contact with minors.
McCarrick is the handiest US Catholic cardinal, contemporary or outdated, to ever be criminally charged with child sex crimes.
McCarrick’s attorney, Katherine Zimmerl, acknowledged later on that they are “taking a ogle forward to addressing the allegations in court docket” and would create not possess every other rapid advise. The next hearing was plight for 28 October.
McCarrick, who now lives in Dittmer, Missouri, is charged with three counts of coarse assault and battery on an individual over 14, according to court docket paperwork. He can gentle face prices due to he wasn’t a Massachusetts resident and had left the insist, stopping the clock on the statute of boundaries.
McCarrick’s fall began in 2017 when a outdated altar boy got here forward to document the priest had groped him when he was an adolescent in New York.
The next yr, the archdiocese of New York announced that McCarrick had been far from ministry after finding the allegation to be “credible and substantiated”, and two New Jersey dioceses published they had settled claims of sexual misconduct against him in the previous intriguing adults.
Pope Francis defrocked McCarrick in 2019 after a Vatican investigation decided he sexually abused minors, as effectively as adults.
A two-yr internal investigation into McCarrick discovered that three decades of bishops, cardinals and popes downplayed or brushed aside extra than one experiences of sexual misconduct.
The investigative findings launched ideal yr pinned mighty of the blame on Pope John Paul II, who appointed McCarrick archbishop of Washington DC, no subject getting commissioned an inquiry that confirmed McCarrick slept with seminarians.
In the Massachusetts case, the man told authorities all over an interview in January that McCarrick was shut to his household when he was rising up and that the abuse began when he was a younger boy.
The man acknowledged that all over his brother’s bridal ceremony reception at Wellesley College in June 1974 – when he was 16 – McCarrick told him that his father significant him to possess a chat with McCarrick for the explanation that boy was “being playful at home and not attending church”.
The man acknowledged that the two of them went for a crawl around campus and McCarrick groped him earlier than they went motivate to the social gathering. The man acknowledged McCarrick also sexually assaulted him in a “coat room-kind closet” after they returned to the reception, authorities wrote in the paperwork.
The man told investigators that earlier than leaving the room, McCarrick told him to “convey three Our Fathers and a Hail Mary or it was one Our Father and three Hail Marys, so God can redeem you of your sins”, according to the document.