McCormack Faces More Abuse Allegations

February 23, 2006

CHICAGO (WBBM Newsradio 780/STNG) -- Investigators say there are more allegations of sexual abuse against a West Side Roman Catholic priest.

The Rev. Dan McCormack is already facing criminal charges in connection with three children who claim they were abused by the priest.

MCormack was removed last month from St. Agatha Church on the West Side.

Now investigators say they're looking at complaints of abuse from at least five other young people who say McCormack sexually abused them too.

At the same time, the Archdiocese of Chicago and the Department of Children and Family Services say they've agreed to improve how they handle reports of child abuse by members of the clergy.

The Archdiocese said it will now report all allegations of abuse including cases of adults who say they were abused as minors.

The DCFS also agrees to notify the archdiocese within 48 hours after the conclusion of an investigation and a finding of abuse so the archdiocese can decide how to deal with those involved.


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