Ex-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick charged with sexually assaulting teenage boy in 1970s

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Theodore McCarrick

Former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick has been charged with the alleged sexual assault of a teenage boy in Massachusetts, the first criminal charge to be brought against the prelate since he was accused years ago of abusing seminary students in New Jersey, making him the highest-ranking church official to face such charges.

Court records show that McCarrick was charged with three counts of indecent assault and battery on a person 14 years old or older — all related to incidents at a wedding in June 1974 in Wellesley, Massachusetts.

A criminal complaint says the accuser was 16 at the time and was later abused at other locations in Massachusetts and in other states, including New Jersey.

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