Boy, 11, Says He Was Sexually Abused by Rev. McCormack

By Cathleen Falsani and Frank Main
Daily Southtown [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, told authorities that McCormack abused him and gave him gifts, a law enforcement source said.

On Jan. 21, prosecutors charged McCormack with two counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse for allegedly fondling the genitals of two boys — an 8- and a 9-year-old.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 preeminent 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.

Jim Dwyer, a spokesman for the Chicago archdiocese, said Monday evening that church officials had not yet been contacted by the family of the 11-year-old boy or by his attorney, Anderson. "We want him to come forward and everyone else to come forward," Dwyer said.

Cardinal Francis George has said McCormack was not removed from ministry at St. Agatha last August when one of the boys took his allegations to Chicago police, because neither the boy nor his parents took the complaint directly to the archdiocese. At the time, civil authorities felt they did not have sufficient evidence to criminally charge the priest and McCormack.

Last week, a Chicago nun who worked at Holy Family School, where McCormack celebrated weekly Mass for pupils, told the Chicago Sun-Times that in 2000 McCormack had asked a fourth-grade boy to drop his pants in the church, when the two were alone.

The nun says she reported the incident to church officials in six years ago but her warnings went unheeded.

Contributing: Stefano Esposito

Chicago Sun-Times


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