According to court documents, former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick is facing new charges in Massachusetts for sexually assaulting a 16-year-old boy at a wedding in 1974.
On Wednesday, the Wellesley Police Department filed a criminal complaint against the defrocked cardinal in Dedham District Court, charging him with three counts of indecent assault and battery on a person over the age of 14.
According to court documents, the unnamed victim told investigators that McCarrick was a family friend and accused of him of multiple instances of abuse in New Jersey, New York and California.
One such instance allegedly took place in 1974 at a wedding reception for the victim’s brother at Wellesley College. McCarrick allegedly pulled the 16-year-old aside, saying, “Your dad wants you to come with me and have a talk. You’re being mischievous at home and not attending church. We need to go outside and have a conversation.”
There, McCarrick told the teen to pull down his pants and “kissed” his genitalia, the complaint says. The former cardinal allegedly told the teen to say prayers “so God can redeem you of your sins.”
The complaint said the abuse continued for several years until the victim was an adult.
McCarrick was defrocked by Pope Francis in February 2019 after the Vatican found him guilty of sex abuse unrelated to the current complaint. In January, the Congress of the Vatican Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith found him guilty of “solicitation in Confession” and sins with minors and adults, as well as “the aggravating circumstance of power abuse.”
McCarrick resigned from the College of Cardinals in July 2018 in the aftermath of an Archdiocese Review Board investigation into allegations that he abused a teenage altar boy while serving as a priest in the Archdiocese of New York. At the time, the pope barred him from performing public ministry and asked that he live a life of prayer and penance.