Former Cardinal McCarrick, 93, Declared Unfit for Trial: No Charges in Decades-Old Assault Case

Theodore McCarrick, a 93-year-old former Roman Catholic Cardinal, has recently been declared unfit to stand trial by a judge. McCarrick had previously faced accusations of sexually assaulting a teenage boy almost five decades ago. As a result of the judge's ruling, McCarrick will not face any charges in relation to these allegations.

On August 30, Judge Paul J. McCallum of Massachusetts made a ruling stating that the former Roman Catholic Cardinal is deemed unfit to stand trial. The charges against him involve allegations of sexually assaulting a teenage boy in the state almost 50 years ago.


Theodore McCarrick, a 93-year-old individual, has consistently asserted his innocence in response to the charges brought against him. In September 2021, he entered a plea of not guilty in relation to allegations that he had engaged in abusive behavior towards a teenager during a wedding reception held at Wellesley College in 1974.

In April 2023, McCarrick faced additional charges alleging that he had sexually assaulted other young boys in Wisconsin during the time span of the 1970s to the 1990s. The current status of this case is that it is still pending. No plea has been entered yet, and a hearing has been scheduled for September 18.

The former Roman Catholic Cardinal, who is currently residing at an assisted living facility in Dittmer, Missouri, recently faced a legal case in Massachusetts. The charges brought against him included three counts of indecent assault and battery on a person over the age of 14. Fortunately for the Cardinal, he narrowly escaped conviction in this particular case.

The accuser in the case of Theodore McCarrick has made a claim stating that Mr. McCarrick was a member of their immediate family starting in 1945 and that he was their abuser from 1969 to 1989. The purpose of these proceedings was to offer a moderate level of compensation.

The court has recently reached a determination that Mr. McCarrick lacks the necessary competence to participate in a trial. The charges in this matter were brought by me with the intention of seeking justice within the confines of this court. McCarrick's current state of freedom stands in stark contrast to my own situation, which is marked by a sense of emptiness and loss. The only thing that remains is the persistent fear of the retaliation that has been threatened twice.

To address the curiosity surrounding the charging of an individual for an alleged incident that occurred many years ago, it has been reported that the ability of prosecutors to file charges in this particular case stems from the fact that the individual in question was not a resident of Massachusetts at the time of their departure from the state. The individual effectively halted the countdown of the statute of limitations.

In April of this year, McCarrick's legal representatives submitted a motion to dismiss the case after previously entering a plea of not guilty. The basis for this motion was McCarrick's recent diagnosis of dementia, which is believed to be a result of Alzheimer's disease. The legal team representing the former Roman Catholic Cardinal stated in their motion that he underwent an evaluation conducted by a professor of psychiatry and behavioral science at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Following the evaluation, a diagnosis was provided.

In June, Dr. Kerry Nelligan, a psychologist employed by prosecutors, conducted two interviews with McCarrick and administered psychological tests. In the court hearing held on Wednesday, Dr. Nelligan provided testimony regarding the results of the tests conducted on McCarrick. According to Dr. Nelligan, the tests indicated that McCarrick's performance was subpar, suggesting that there was no evidence of him feigning his symptoms.

According to Dr. Nelligan's assessment, it was determined that McCarrick did not meet the required level of competency. The evaluation revealed that he exhibited notable deficiencies in both his memory and his capacity to retain information. According to the doctor, the individual's deficits were deemed irreversible and would continue to deteriorate over time. As a result, the doctor concluded that the individual was unfit to stand trial.


After considering Dr. Nelligan's findings and taking into account the defense's argument to dismiss the case based on similar claims, the judge in Massachusetts ruled in favor of the defense's motion. Consequently, the prosecution promptly requested the dismissal of the complaint against McCarrick.


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