A firm that has filed previous legal complaints against former Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick and Church entities added another complainant on 21st July against the defrocked prelate, levelling a new accusation that he allegedly abused its new client as a boy at a beach house in Sea Girt, New Jersey, in the early 1980s.
In a 22nd July news conference via Zoom, Jeff Anderson of Jeff Anderson & Associates of St Paul, Minnesota, announced a new lawsuit he said was filed in Middlesex County Superior Court in New Jersey. He said his client, named only as John Doe 14, was groomed by a priest and “procured” for McCarrick when he was bishop of the Diocese of Metuchen, New Jersey.
Anderson said the new complaint identifies at least seven children who were “groomed by others for McCarrick”, and in addition to McCarrick it names several Catholic entities as defendants including the Diocese of Metuchen, the Archdiocese of Newark, New Jersey, and Essex Catholic Boys High School, which closed in 2003.
Anderson categorised the Sea Girt venue as “McCarrick’s sordid beach house child sex ring”.
“While we have not yet received the complaint, our prayers are with all survivors of abuse, today and always, and we stand with them in their journey toward healing and hope,” said Anthony P. Kearns III, spokesperson and chancellor for the Diocese of Metuchen in a 22nd July statement.
The Archdiocese of Newark in a statement on 22nd July said it would not discuss or comment on matters in litigation. Both the diocese and archdiocese said they remain “fully committed” to working with victims and ensuring such abuse never happens again.
Picture: Then-Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick, retired archbishop of Washington, arrives in procession for a Mass of thanksgiving for Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl of Washington in St Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican on 22nd November 2010. A new lawsuit against McCarrick, who was laicised in 2019, accuses him of managing a sex ring among seminarians, altar boys and priests at a New Jersey beach house. (CNS photo/Paul Haring).