Former cardinal Theodore McCarrick was criminally charged in Massachusetts last month with sexually assaulting a 16-year-old during a 1974 wedding reception at Wellesley College in Wellesley, Massachusetts.
McCarrick was initially summoned to appear in court this week, on Thursday, August 26. But his first court date — called an arraignment — has been rescheduled to next week; the hearing will take place on Sept. 3.
Here’s what an arraignment is, and what to expect at McCarrick’s.
According to court filings obtained by the Boston Globe, McCarrick is alleged to have sexually molested the 16-year-old-boy, a family friend, during his brother’s wedding reception — including groping the teenager sexually within the sacrament of confession.
The alleged molestation was not reported as a singular occurrence. Rather, the alleged victim, who has not been named, claims McCarrick molested him frequently, on family trips to several states.
The alleged victim claims that McCarrick molested him subsequently at hotels in Massachusetts.
McCarrick can be criminally charged with assaults alleged to have taken place in 1974 because he was not a Massachusetts resident, and the statute of limitations’ time period for prosecution was effectively suspended when he left the state, according to the Boston Globe.
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