Lawsuit Accuses High-Ranking Cardinal Of Running Child Sex Ring From Beach House
Former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick was accused of running a sex ring of underage boys from his beach house on the Jersey Shore, according to New York Daily News.
- A man using the pseudonym Doe 14 has filed the lawsuit in state court under New Jersey’s Child Victims Act, alleging that “in 1982 and 1983, when he was 14 years old, he and other victims were taken on weekend overnight trips to a Sea Girt beach house.”
- The man claims that “McCarrick assigned sleeping arrangements, choosing his victims from the boys, seminarians and clerics present at the beach house. On these occasions, minor boys were assigned to different rooms and paired with adult clerics.”
- Brother Andrew Hewitt, the principal of Essex Catholic Boy’s High School, allegedly abused Doe and introduced McCarrick to Doe, the suit claims.
- Other members of the Catholic Church, including the Archdiocese of Newark, were accused of abusing Doe. “It would be inappropriate to discuss or comment on matters in litigation. The Archdiocese of Newark remains fully committed to transparency and to our long-standing programs to protect the faithful and will continue to work with victims, their legal representatives and law enforcement authorities in an ongoing effort to resolve allegations and bring closure to victims,” the Archdiocese of Newark said in a statement.
- McCarrick has denied the allegation, saying last year that “I’m not as bad as they paint me. I do not believe that I did the things that they accused me of. There were many who were in that situation (at the beach house) who never had any problems like that.”
Following the suspension for being accused of sexual abuse, McCarrick became the first cardinal to be ousted in 2018.