DA talks to car­di­nal’s vic

Meet part of wider sex-abuse probe

New York Daily News - - NEWS - BY LARRY MCSHANE

Man­hat­tan pros­e­cu­tors met last month with the man who ac­cused dis­graced ex-Car­di­nal Theodore McCar­rick of sex­u­ally abus­ing him over two decades, ap­par­ently as part of a wider in­ves­ti­ga­tion of the Catholic Church scan­dal.

Vic­tim James Grein sat down just be­fore Christ­mas with As­sis­tant Dis­trict At­tor­ney Sara Sul­li­van, who is prob­ing both the preda­tor priests and the al­leged church coverup of the sex crimes, his at­tor­ney Patrick Noaker told The As­so­ci­ated Press.

The sit­down could sig­nal a long le­gal look at the church’s con­duct while the abuse was oc­cur­ring — and in its af­ter­math.

Grein, who charged that he was just 11 years old when fam­ily friend McCar­rick’s sex­ual abuse be­gan, filed a com­pen­sa­tion claim with the Arch­dio­cese of New York as­sert­ing that the high-rank­ing church of­fi­cial tar­geted him for two decades. He was the first boy ever bap­tized by McCar­rick.

Grein also tes­ti­fied be­fore Vat­i­can in­ves­ti­ga­tors about the for­mer church big-wig, who was or­dained in 1958 and moved up the church lad­der to be­come a car­di­nal in 2001.

McCar­rick, like most ac­cused priests, is un­likely to face any crim­i­nal charges due to New York state statute of lim­i­ta­tions law.

But Man­hat­tan Dis­trict At­tor­ney Cy Vance Jr., in a state­ment last Septem­ber, made his in­ten­tions clear when it came to prose­cut­ing vic­tims of clergy sex abuse.

“My of­fice will take all in­ves­tiga­tive steps nec­es­sary to en­sure that jus­tice is brought to the sur­vivors of any such sex­ual abuse,” said Vance, who es­tab­lished a sex crimes hot­line at 212-335-9373.

A Vance spokesman de­clined to com­ment on the meet­ing.

The al­le­ga­tions against McCar­rick in­clude an al­tar boy’s charge that he was groped in­side St. Patrick’s Cathe­dral in the 1970s and sim­i­lar ac­cu­sa­tions from church sem­i­nar­i­ans. The case raised cred­i­bil­ity ques­tions for Pope Fran­cis re­gard­ing McCar­rick’s be­hav­ior as ru­mors of his im­pro­pri­eties were wide­spread.

McCar­rick, 88, lost his po­si­tion as a car­di­nal in July, and could now be de­frocked. He served as the bishop of Me­tuchen and the Arch­bishop of Ne­wark in New Jer­sey be­fore tak­ing over as head of the dio­cese in Wash­ing­ton, D.C., in 2001

He’s liv­ing in ex­ile at a Kansas re­li­gious res­i­dence.

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