New Lawsuit against Priest Convicted of Sexual Abuse

By Cynthia Dizikes
Chicago Breaking News
July 12, 2010

Three young men and a minor represented by his mother have filed a lawsuit in Cook County Circuit Court against former Roman Catholic priest and convicted sex offender Daniel McCormack, Cardinal Francis George and the Chicago Archdiocese.

The lawsuit filed Monday alleges that between 2000 and 2006 McCormack "inappropriately sexually touched rubbed and/or abused" all four plaintiffs who now range between the ages of 15 and 23. Two of the plaintiffs each allege more than 100 such encounters with McCormack.

McCormack, 41, pleaded guilty in July 2007 to abusing five boys and served 2 1/2 years of his five-year sentence. Since his conviction, at least nine more accusers-- including the four from the most recent lawsuit -- have come forward to the archdiocese or to lawyers, according to church officials and court documents.

Shortly before McCormack was paroled last September, the Illinois attorney general and state's attorney filed a joint petition under the state's Sexually Violent Persons Commitment Act to keep him incarcerated in a treatment facility. He has remained in custody while that case is argued in court.

McCormack was removed from the priesthood in 2007.


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