Priest sentenced in Ipswich summer camp child rape

Wicked Local Ipswich


A New York priest will serve eight to 10 years in state prison for raping a boy at an Ipswich summer camp over 30 years ago.

Judge Mary-Lou Rup imposed the sentence on Rev. Richard McCormick, 73, today, Wednesday, Nov. 26, in Lawrence Superior Court and also ordered him to serve 10 years of probation upon release.

A jury convicted McCormick on five counts of child rape on Nov. 12.

The victim, who is 44, was between 10 and 12 when the rapes took place.

“A clear message has been sent to pedophiles, supervisors and institutions that sexual abuse victims, such as my client, are fighting back and criminal and civil laws will be used to create much needed social change with regard to sexual abuse,” said Mitchell Garabedian, attorney for the victim in this case.

Essex Assistant District Attorney Kate MacDougall recommended 12 to 15 years due to the traumatic effect the crime had on the victim.

“The defendant didn’t just violate his body, he stole his faith and betrayed this young man, his family and all who believe,” MacDougall said.

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