Ousted Cardinal McCarrick faces suit after running sex ring
A Science Enthusiast Staff
A new lawsuit prosecutes the former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick for allegedly running a depraved sex ring of underage boys at a beach house on the Jersey Shore.
- The suit was filed by a man under the pseudonym Doe 14, who claims that in 1982 and 1983, when he was only 14, he and other victims were brought to a Sea Girt beach house for weekend overnight trips.
- The suit was filed in state court under New Jersey’s Child Victims Act.
- “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.”
- Doe 14 says he fell victim to McCarrick in 1982 when Brother Andrew Hewitt, the then-principal at Essex Catholic Boys High School, introduced them. Hewitt, who also abused Doe, said McCarrick could help Doe pay for school tuition.
In 1982, McCarrick was Bishop of the Archdiocese of Metuchen, and became a cardinal in 2001, despite accusations of abuse over the decades.
- In 2018, McCarrick was the first cardinal in nearly a century to resign from his position, after suspension for a sexual abuse allegation in New York.
- McCarrick had sent postcards to boys that experts say were quintessential grooming techniques.