Former US cardinal Theodore McCarrick has been charged with sexually assaulting a teenage boy.
The 91-year-old former archbishop of Washington DC was charged with three counts of indecent assault and abuse against a juvenile over the age of 14.
Theodore is the highest-ranking Roman Catholic official in the United States to face criminal charges.
In 2019, McCarrick was removed from the Catholic Church, making him the highest-ranking Church figure to be expelled in contemporary history.
He had been found guilty by the Vatican of sexually abusing at least one teenage boy in the 1970s and of sexual misconduct with adult male seminarians.
McCarrick, who played a key role in raising funds for the Holy See from wealthy US donors, was stripped of his cardinal’s title in 2018 before he lost his priest’s status the following year.
A 450-page Vatican report published in 2020 concluded that McCarrick was able to rise through the ranks of the Church despite years of sexual misconduct allegations.
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