NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Defrocked cardinal Theodore McCarrick is charged with sexually assaulting a teenage boy in the 1970s.

Court records show McCarrick faces three counts of assault and battery.

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According to the Boston Globe newspaper, he’s accused of assaulting a 16-year-old during a wedding reception at Wellesley College in Massachusetts in 1974.

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The 91-year-old is the highest-ranking Catholic official in the U.S. to face criminal charges for sex abuse.

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McCarrick was Bishop of Metuchen, Archbishop of Newark and Cardinal of Washington, D.C., until he was defrocked.

CBSNewYork Team