Former leader of Salesian Brothers charged with with raping boy in 1981 and 1982 in Ipswich
By Brian Ballou and John R. Ellement, Globe Staff
SALEM — A prosecutor today painted the Reverend Richard McCormick as a ruthless predator who singled out a boy for repeated sexual assaults while McCormick ran a summer camp in Ipswich in the 1980s, crimes that so terrified the child that he hid underneath his brother’s bed.
Essex Assistant District Attorney Kate MacDougall summarized the evidence that prosecutors have used to charge McCormick with five counts of rape for crimes allegedly committed in 1981 and 1982.
McCormick, 71, the former provincial of the Salesian Brothers of Don Bosco for the eastern United States and Canada, has already been sued by nine people who alleged he sexually molested them as boys.
Five of those men alleged they were molested by McCormick while he worked at Salesian facilities in Massachusetts in the 1960s and 1970s, according to their attorney, Mitchell Garabedian.
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