Cardinal Theodore McCarrick Criminally Charged with Sexually Molesting a Child in Massachusetts

McCarrick is the Highest-Ranking Roman Catholic Official to Face Criminal Charges Alleging Child Sexual Abuse

(St. Paul)A criminal complaint was filed against former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick in Dedham District Court in Massachusetts. The alleged abuse occurred in the 1970s during a wedding reception at Wellesley College in Massachusetts. At the time of the abuse, McCarrick was assigned to and living in the rectory at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City. McCarrick, who is 91 and currently living in Missouri, has been ordered a summons to appear in court for the arraignment on August 26.

“Former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick’s history of prolific sex crimes has been ignored by the highest-ranking Catholic officials for decades,” said attorney Jeff Anderson. “For too long Catholic institutions have been self-policing while making pledges and promises without action – McCarrick should be behind bars for his crimes.”

The law firm of Jeff Anderson & Associates represents approximately four survivors who were abused by McCarrick while he was a Catholic official in New York and New Jersey. Survivors of sexual abuse have until August 13, 2021, to file a lawsuit under the New York Child Victims Act and until November 30, 2021, to file a lawsuit under the New Jersey Victims’ Rights Bill.