Source: New Charge for Pastor in Abuse of Boy

By Cathleen Falsani and Frank Main
Chicago Sun-Times
February 2, 2006

The Rev. Daniel McCormack was hit with a new criminal charge Wednesday, accused of molesting an 11-year-old Chicago boy last month inside the rectory of St. Agatha Roman Catholic Church in the North Lawndale neighborhood, according to a law enforcement source.

The alleged abuse took place while McCormack was being "monitored" by another priest assigned by the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago to keep tabs on McCormack and make sure he was never alone with children. Church officials imposed the monitor last August after first learning of allegations he had abused an 8-year-old Willowbrook boy.

On Jan. 21, McCormack, 37, was charged with two counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse for allegedly fondling two other boys at St. Agatha -- the 8-year-old from Willowbrook (now 11) who claims the priest molested him twice in 2003, and a 9-year-old (now 13) who has accused the priest of sexually molesting him two to three times a month between September 2001 and January 2005. The latest charge, one count of aggravated criminal sexual abuse, involves an 11-year-old Chicago boy who contacted police and prosecutors Monday with his allegations against McCormack, a popular priest who had been St. Agatha's pastor since 2000.

The 11-year-old Chicago boy claims McCormack fondled him in the St. Agatha rectory last month, according to the law enforcement source, who said the child alleges the abuse had been "ongoing over a number of months."

The boy, who lived down the block from St. Agatha but was not a member of the church or a student at its parochial school, used to run errands for the church, the source said.

Accompanied by his attorney, Patrick Reardon, McCormack turned himself in to Chicago Police Wednesday evening. The priest is expected to appear in Bond Court at the 26th and California courthouse today.

Authorities are also investigating several other allegations of abuse brought against McCormack in recent days, as well as one allegation dating back nearly six years based on the testimony of a nun who told the Sun-Times last week that McCormack asked a fourth-grade student at Chicago's Holy Family School to pull down his pants in the sacristy after the priest had said mass for pupils.


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