Former Westchester Priest Arrested on New Child Rape Charge

By Michael Woyton
The Patch
April 5, 2013

A former Westchester County priest—already charged with five counts of child rape—was arrested on a second charge of child rape in Massaschusetts.

Rev. Richard McCormick, 72, formerly of New Rochelle, was arraigned Friday in Salem (MA) Superior Court on an additional count of rape of a child based on the allegations of a second victim, according to spokeswoman Carrie Kimball Monahan of the Essex District Attorney's Office.

McCormick was indicted March 7 after the second victim came forward in late 2012. The new indictment alleges he raped a 7- to 9-year-old child between the years 1981 to 1983 at the former Retreat Center of the Salesian Brothers in Ipswich, MA.

McCormick was arrested in New Rochelle in August 2012 and charged with five counts of raping a child in the 1980s.

He was released on the conditions that he reside at the Vianney Renewal Center in Missouri, report to the Superior Court Probation by telephone once a week and in person with every court appearance, attend all court appearances and not hace any unsupervised contact with minors. McCormick was also issued a bail warning, which means he can be held without bail or up to 60 days if he violates any of the conditions.

Monahan said the new case is scheduled for a pre-trial conference and the old case is scheduled for a status hearing June 5.

The five original counts of raping a child for which McCormick was arrested were for allegedly raping a Massachusetts child at the Ipswich camp in 1981 and 1982.

McCormick plead not guilty to those charges and plea of not guilty was entered on his behalf for the new charge.








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