Another Alleged Sex-Abuse Victim of McCormack Comes Forward

By Cathleen Falsani and Frank Main
Chicago Sun-Times [Chicago IL]
January 31, 2006

Another Chicago boy Monday told Chicago Police and prosecutors that he had been sexually abused by the Rev. Daniel McCormack, a Roman Catholic priest who was charged earlier this month with molesting two boys at St. Agatha Parish in North Lawndale.

The boy, 11, who attends a Chicago public school and not St. Agatha's parochial school, told authorities that McCormack abused him and gave him gifts, a law enforcement source said, adding, "What he was saying was consistent with the other" allegations against the priest.

On Jan. 21, prosecutors charged McCormack with two counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse for allegedly fondling the genitals of two boys -- an 8-year-old (now 11) from Willowbrook on two occasions in December 2003 when they were alone in St. Agatha Church after mass, and a 9-year-old (now 13) who claims the priest molested him two to three times a month from September 2001 to January 2005.

The 11-year-old boy and his parents took their allegations to police and prosecutors Monday with their attorney, Jeff Anderson of Minnesota, who is probably the pre-eminent lawyer in the nation representing alleged victims of clergy sexual abuse. In the last 20 years, Anderson has sued more than half of the Roman Catholic dioceses in the United States and has represented more than 500 who said they were victims of abuse at the hands of priests.


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