Chicago Archdiocese Sued Again for Ex-priest Daniel Mccormak
March 26, 2016
A new lawsuit was filed Friday alleging sexual abuse by convicted child molester and defrocked priest Daniel McCormack and the Archdiocese of Chicago.
The plaintiff — a man identified only as John J. Doe — filed the suit Friday in Cook County Circuit Court against the Archdiocese of Chicago.
The man claims in the suit that McCormack engaged him in sexual and abusive relationships from 2003 to 2004 while the priest was a basketball coach at St. Agatha’s Parish on the West Side.
McCormack was removed from the priesthood in November 2007 and pleaded guilty that year to abusing five other children at St. Agatha’s. He was sentenced to five years in prison and has been staying at a state-run mental health facility since his release from prison in 2009.
He faces a new set of criminal charges filed in 2014, this time for an alleged 2005 incident involving a minor boy, also at St. Agatha.
The suit alleges the Archdiocese received warnings about McCormack’s behavior as early as 1999 — the five years after the priest was ordained — and could have stopped the abuse earlier.
“The Archdiocese has not seen this lawsuit,” a spokesperson for the Archdiocese said Friday. “Daniel J. McCormack is no longer a priest. He was removed from public ministry in February of 2006 and laicized (removed from the priesthood) in November 2007. No priest with even one substantiated allegation of sexual abuse of a minor serves in ministry in the Archdiocese of Chicago today.”
The two-count lawsuit seeks at least $100,000 in damages.