Cardinal McCarrick, an ex-Catholic, has pleaded not guilty to child sex abuse accusations.

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Former Catholic Cardinal Theodore McCarrick pleaded not guilty on Friday to a slew of sexual misconduct charges stemming from allegations that he assaulted a teenage boy in the 1970s.

McCarrick faces three counts of indecent assault and battery on a person over the age of 14. He is accused of molesting a 16-year-old boy in the Boston area during a wedding in 1974.

Each count carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison.

McCarrick is the highest-ranking Catholic official in the United States to be prosecuted for sexually abuse of a child.

In his first public appearance since 2018, McCarrick on Friday used a walker to enter the Dedham, Mass., District Court, where the judge ordered him to give up his passport and stay away from the victim and anyone under 18. He also ordered a $5,000 cash bail.

The victim, now in his early 60s, was the first of more than a dozen persons who have accused McCarrick of abusing or harassing them as adolescents, seminarians, or clergy.

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McCarrick was dismissed from his ministry in 2018 amid the allegations, and Pope Francis defrocked him when the Vatican found him guilty of sex abuse in another case.

 

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