New Adult Sexual Assault Lawsuit Filed against Disgraced Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, Two Other Long-Time Metuchen Clerics also Accused in Separate Suits

Bishop Keeps Secret Names of Metuchen Priests Accused in New Jersey Claims

New Jersey Law for Adult Sexual Assault Survivors—Only One in Nation—Set to Expire Soon

What: At a virtual press conference tomorrow, attorneys and advocates for survivors of adult sexual assault and child sexual abuse will announce three new lawsuits filed under the New Jersey Victims’ Rights Bill and New Jersey’s Child Sexual Abuse Act. They include:

  • A new lawsuit against disgraced New Jersey and New York Cardinal Theodore McCarrick filed under the landmark New Jersey Victims’ Rights Bill that allows those assaulted as adults to use the civil courts for justice;
  • A child sexual abuse lawsuit against a Metuchen priest with a history of multiple parish transfers and allegations of abuse; and
  • A child sexual abuse lawsuit against a long-time cleric who worked at St. Joseph’s High School in Metuchen

They will also:

  • Demand that Bishop James F. Checchio disclose the number and names of Metuchen priests who were accused in more than 500 secret claims made in a state-wide survivor compensation program; and
  • Urge adult survivors to come forward and expose abuse under New Jersey’s Victim’s Rights Act—the only one in the nation—before it expires November 30, 2021

When: Thursday, September 16, 2021, at 1:00 p.m. ET / 12:00 p.m. CT

A live, filmed Zoom conference call at which attendees can ask questions directly at the end of the presentation but will be muted upon arrival.

Zoom Details: Press are welcome to join the Zoom call. Please contact

Live Stream: The press conference will also be live-streamed via Vimeo, FacebookYouTube, and in the News section of our website.

Media Note: Video files will be available for download following the conclusion of the event for use by broadcast and digital mediaSubmit requests to