Cardinal McCarrick “Led a Child Sex Ring from the Beach House in New Jersey with Four Clergy in the 1980s”
A new lawsuit has alleged that acclaimed Cardinal Theodore McCarrick had led a sex ring from a New Jersey beach house in the 1980s, and that by the time he was a teenager, he had prepared a young victim for a role in it.
In Tuesday’s filing, the plaintiff is listed as only Doe 14 and the anonymous person – who is now 53 years old – claims he was first abused by McCarrick when he was 14 years old.
He claims that the sex ring activity took place on a site in the Jersey Shore area of Sea Girt and that McCarrick accused Father Anthony Nardino, Father John Laferrera, Father Michael Walters, Father Gerald Ruane, and Brother Andrew Thomas Hewitt, CFC, of buying at least seven boys .
The plaintiff claims that Hewitt, who was then the director of Essex Catholic Boy’s High School, abused him and introduced him to McCarrick, the bishop of the Archdiocese of Metuchen, as someone who could help pay his tuition fees. Hewitt died in 2002.
An anonymous man named Doe 14 alleges in a Tuesday lawsuit that Cardinal Theodore McCarrick led a child sex ring out of a Jersey Shore’s Sea Girt home
The man claims in a lawsuit filed on Tuesday that he was abused by McCarrick and three others, and that at least seven children were victims of the beach house
“McCarrick assigned sleep arrangements and selected his victims from the boys, seminarians, and clergy who attended the beach house,” the suit said.
“On those occasions, underage boys were assigned to different rooms and combined with adult clergy.”
At a news conference on Wednesday, attorney Jeffrey Anderson claimed that that house was “a meeting of many seminarians and other priests who were all in the service of the boss, the bishop, and McCarrick.”
“And at night, McCarrick, with the help of others, would get into this boy’s bed and deal with criminal assault … whispering,” It’s okay, “Anderson said at the Zoom press conference in St. Paul , Minnesota.
The lawsuit, brought before New Jersey’s Superior Court in Middlesex County, alleges that the plaintiff – who attended St. Francis Xavier in Newark and Essex Catholic in East Orange in the Archdiocese of Newark – was abused by McCarrick and three of the other priests.
It claims that Father Anthony Nardino, Archdiocese of Newark, was responsible for “an unauthorized sexual contact” on Doe 14 in 1978 when he was 11 years old. Nardino was not mentioned in the beach house ring.
It alleges abuse by Hewitt – mentioned in two previous cases of sexual abuse – between 1981 and 1983. Ruane, Lafererra and Walters, all of the Archdiocese of Newark, are said to have been involved with the beach house in 1982 and 1983.
Doe’s lawyer said in a news conference on Wednesday: ‘McCarrick would get into this boy’s bed and be guilty of criminal assault, whispering,’ It’s OK. ‘”
Cardinal Theodore McCarrick of the Archdiocese of Washington speaks at a news conference at the Vatican Press Center, Vatican City, April 24, 2002
In February 2019, the Archdiocese of Newark included Fr. John Laferrera on the list of clergy accused of sexual abuse of minors. Ruane has since died.
The lawyer alleged that they were engaged in “open and clear criminal sexual behavior … which lasted 50 years until McCarrick, after being publicly exposed, was finally disproved.”
Cardinal Theodore McCarrick Timeline
1958 Order a priest from the Archdiocese of New York.
1969 McCarrick is said to have sexually abused James Grein from about 1969 to about 1976.
1971 McCarrick reportedly sexually assaults an altar boy at Cathedral Prep Seminary in New York, NY.
1981 Appointed the first bishop of the Diocese of Metuchen.
1982 McCarrick is said to have sexually abused the plaintiff, until about 1983, when the plaintiff is about 14 to 16 years old.
1987 Appointed Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Newark.
1993 Fr. Boniface Ramsey, OP reports McCarrick’s behavior with seminarians to the Archbishop of Louisville Thomas Kelly, OP
1993 Bishop of Metuchen Edward Hughes learns of McCarrick’s alleged sexual exploitation of a young seminarian.
1995 A priest reports to Bishop Hughes that McCarrick wrongly touched him as a seminarian.
1995 McCarrick reportedly sexually assaults an underage altar boy, John Bellocchio.
2000 Appointed Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Washington, DC.
2001 Raised to Cardinal by Pope John Paul II.
2008 Pope Benedict imposes secret canonical sanctions on McCarrick, but McCarrick continues to travel and celebrate mass in public.
2018 McCarrick was allowed to resign after allegations of McCarrick’s sexual abuse of an underage boy were made public.
2018 Holy See orders McCarrick to live a life of prayer and penance.
2019 McCarrick was involuntarily praised by Pope Francis on February 13.
He had risen through the ranks to become Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of New York and Archbishop of Newark, and was carefully selected by Pope John Paul II to serve as Archbishop of Washington, DC.
It’s not the first time Sea Girt has been referenced in claims against McCarrick, 90, who resigned in 2018, after credible claims of abuse by someone who was an alter boy in New York.
The person claimed that McCarrick unzipped his pants while trying on a cassock and later cornered him in a bathroom.
Before allegations came to light, McCarrick secretly settled two cases. In one case, he paid $ 80,000 to a priest who became a lawyer in New Jersey, claiming that McCarrick would invite young seminarians and priests to the house, saying they shared the beds.
This happened when he was appointed Archbishop of Washington DC in 2000. McCarrick became a cardinal a year later.
A 2019 lawsuit by James Grein alleged that he was abused by McCarrick for 20 years, but nothing was done about it, even after telling Pope John Paul II while visiting the Vatican.
Former Catholic teacher and director John Bellocchio previously claimed that McCarrick assaulted him while he was Archbishop of Newark.
In the new lawsuit, defendants are charged with one count of sexual battery and six counts of negligence.
The new filing comes after a change to the statute of limitations for New Jersey under the New Jersey Child Victims Act.
Jeffrey Anderson’s law firm filed 33 more lawsuits against the Diocese of Albany on Tuesday. The company has now filed a total of 107 lawsuits against the diocese.
McCarrick’s lawyer, Barry Coburn, told it NJ.com that he “has no comments at this time.”
Last year, McCarrick denied the previous beach house allegations.
“I’m not so bad when they paint me. I don’t think I did the things they accused me of, ”he said Slate. “There were many people in that situation (at the beach house) who never had such problems.”
The Archdiocese of Newark declined to comment on the new allegations.
“It would be inappropriate to discuss or comment on disputes,” said spokeswoman Maria Margiotta.
“The Archdiocese of Newark remains fully committed to transparency and our long-term programs to protect the faithful and will continue to work with victims, their legal representatives and law enforcement agencies in an ongoing effort to resolve allegations and close victims.”
Retired Cardinal Theodore McCarrick walks in a procession of bishops as he makes his way through the Bayridge neighborhood of the Brooklyn Borough of New York for the ordination of three auxiliary bishops to the Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn on August 22, 2006
Pope Francis reaches out to Cardinal Archbishop Emeritus Theodore McCarrick after the afternoon prayer of the Divine with over 300 American bishops at St. Matthew the Apostle Cathedral on September 23, 2015 in Washington, DC