2 Criminal Sex-Abuse Charges Are Added for West Side Priest

Chicago Tribune
May 6, 2006,1,4097658.

Cook County - Cook County prosecutors have added two more counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse to the charges facing Rev. Daniel McCormack, a once popular Roman Catholic priest already awaiting trial.

Sources said the two new victims are boys, ages 10 and 11, allegedly abused inside the rectory of St. Agatha Church, the North Lawndale parish where McCormack worked.

John Gorman, spokesman for Cook County State's Atty. Richard Devine, said, McCormack was charged and scheduled to appear in Bond Court on Saturday.

According to sources, one victim was abused after Chicago archdiocese officials asked another priest living in the rectory to monitor McCormack's restricted contact with children after an initial abuse allegation in August.

Parishioners at St. Agatha did not know McCormack was being monitored until a second accuser came forward in January. McCormack was subsequently charged with three counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse.

Prosecutors said the priest had repeatedly abused one boy for nearly three years. Another boy was allegedly abused when he was alone with the priest after mass. A third victim said he was abused when doing chores for the priest at the rectory.

McCormack has pleaded not guilty to all previous charges. He is scheduled to appear at noon in court Saturday, where his current bail of $500,000 likely will be increased.


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