Priest Formally Indicted on Abuse Charges
May 22, 2006
A West Side priest already facing several sex abuse-related charges was formally indicted on two counts of sexual abuse on Monday.
The Rev. Daniel McCormack was indicted on two counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse, according to Cook County State's Attorney's office spokeswoman Marcy Jensen.
Authorities filed the charges earlier this month, but McCormack was formally indicted on those counts Monday, Jensen said.
In the latest charges, McCormack is accused of fondling an 11-year-old boy who was a student at Presentation School, 3900 W. Lexington Ave., Chicago, on a regular basis, according to an assistant state's attorney. He also is accused of fondling a 10-year-old boy on one occasion at St. Agatha Church, 3147 W. Douglas Blvd., Chicago, the assistant state's attorney said.
The priest already has been charged with abusing three boys, and the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services was investigating reports that "at least five" youths alleged they were abused, DCFS Director Bryan Samuels said in February.
Earlier this month, McCormack appeared in Central Bond Court and his bond was raised from $200,000 to $700,000. Jensen said the priest is currently free on bond.
He was slated for arraignment on the new indictment on June 8, Jensen said.
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