Defrocked U.S. Cardinal McCarrick Pleads Not Guilty In Mass. Court

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DEDHAM, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — Former U.S. Cardinal Theordore McCarrick pleaded not guilty to sexually assaulting a 16-year-old boy nearly 50 years ago.

The alleged incident happened during a wedding reception at Wessley College in 1974. The 91-year-old was arraigned in Dedham District Court more than a month after he was charged.

He was charged by Wellesley Police with three counts of Indecent Assault and Battery on a Person over 14. A not guilty plea was entered for all three counts.

McCarrick is the only current or former U.S. Catholic Cardinal to ever be criminally charged with child sex crimes.

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When McCarrick was charged back in July, an attorney for him said they looked forward to addressing the case in court.

Pope Francis defrocked McCarrick in 2019 after a Vatican investigation.

He was released on $5,000 bail and ordered not to have contact with the alleged victim or any children. In addition, he is told not to leave the country and was ordered to give up his passport, according to WBZ-TV.

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