Three More Accuse Former Priest McCormack Of Sex Abuse
February 19, 2014
CHICAGO (STMW) – Three men filed separate lawsuits in Cook County Circuit Court Tuesday, each alleging that an already convicted and defrocked priest sexually abused them as children at a West Side school.
The three men all alleged that the Catholic Bishop of Chicago, the Archdiocese of Chicago and Cardinal Francis George were all negligent in the hiring and retention of former priest Daniel McCormack.
McCormack was arrested in January 2006 and removed from the priesthood in November 2007. He pleaded guilty that year to abusing five children while a parish priest at St. Agatha.
The identities of the three men, ages 18, 20 and 24, were all withheld in the lawsuits, though each man alleged that McCormack abused them at some point between 2000 and 2005 while they were each students at St. Agatha.
The Archdiocese of Chicago could not be reached for comment Tuesday night.
Each nine-count suit alleges negligent hiring and retention, negligent supervision and fraudulent concealment. Each suit seeks at least $450,000 in damages.