An unidentified Chicago teenager has filed a lawsuit against Daniel McCormack, a former St. Agatha Catholic Church priest, accusing him of sexual abuse.
In 2007, McCormack pleaded guilty to sexually abusing five boys, for which he was sentenced to 5 years in prison. Afterwards, many other alleged victims came forward with similar stories of abuse. The lawsuit of this latest person to come forward alleges that he was sexually abused by McCormack between 2004 and 2006 (beginning when the alleged victim was 11 or 12) in the church’s rectory and school buildings.
The teen’s attorney, Jeff Anderson (who specializes in clergy abuse cases), says the timing of the alleged abuse is of particular concern because it would have happened after the priest had been questioned by police and been recommended for removal by a church review board. Anderson said “This case is demonstrative of how recent this cover up is.” He also said that the Archdiocese of Chicago failed to take sufficient action even though they had evidence that McCormack was a “sexual deviant” as early as 1992. McCormack was removed from the ministry by the archdiocese after his arrest in 2006.
A spokesperson for the ardiocese emailed “The archdiocese has worked hard and successfully to resolve these matters outside of court and will continue to do so…The archdiocese has a long-standing practice of reaching out to all victims of misconduct by clergy to resolve their claims in a just, compassionate and respectful way.”
When McCormack came up for parole in 2010 (2 ½ years into his sentence) the Illinois States Attorney and attorney general argued that he was still a threat and petitioned the court to have him committed under the Sexually Violent Persons Commitment Act. McCormack is currently in a state mental health facility with the commitment case still pending, according to Daniel Coyne, an attorney who represents McCormack.
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