priest pleads not guilty to new sex abuse charges
June 23, 2014
Convicted child molester and defrocked
Catholic priest Daniel McCormack pleaded not guilty Monday to
new sexual abuse charges stemming from a 2005 incident.
McCormack pleaded not guilty to three
counts of felony aggravated criminal sexual abuse before Judge
Angela Munari Petrone, court records show.
At a bond hearing in May, prosecutors
said the alleged victim was 10 and a parishioner at St. Agatha
in the 3100 block of West Douglas, where McCormack worked as a
The boy was participating in an
after-school program at the church and the alleged abuse
happened between September 2005 and December 2005. The alleged
victim disclosed the abuse in 2013.
One incident happened after McCormack
took the boy to a White Sox game, prosecutors said at the bond
hearing in May. He allegedly took the boy to his home and
fondled him, prosecutors said.
McCormack was first arrested on sex
crime charges in January 2006. He was removed from the
priesthood in November 2007 and pleaded guilty that year to
abusing five children while he was a parish priest at St.
Agatha. He was sentenced to five years in prison.
He had been serving his sentence at the
Western Illinois Correctional Center in downstate Mount Sterling
until he was paroled to a Department of Human Services treatment
facility in Rushville in 2009.
McCormack has been ordered held without
bond in the case, but a judge said he would be able to stay at
the treatment center and be transported to the courthouse for
He will next appear in court on July 23,
court records show.