Mass. priest charged with 5 counts of raping a child


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(NECN) – Father Richard McCormick was arraigned in Salem Superior Court Friday to answer charges that he raped a boy at an Ipswich camp in the early 1980s.

Ipswich police arrested Father McCormick Thursday afternoon in New York. Police acted on an indictment warrant for five counts rape of a child in Ipswich in 1981 and 1982.

The victim was 11 and 12 at the time of the incident, the District Attorney’s office said.

According to Assistant District Attorney Kate MacDougall, Father McCormick was in charge of a Salesian Summer Camp in Ipswich in the 1970s. During that time, he’s accused of raping a young boy repeatedly over two summers.

Mac Dougall said the young boy attended the camp for three summers with his brothers. While he was 10 and 11, Father McCormick allegedly repeatedly sexually abused the boy. She said the only way the boy was able to avoid rape was by running into the woods to hide at night. She believes Father McCormick singled out this boy because he had no father.

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