Chicago Archdiocese Settles Suit Claiming Abuse
March 27, 2014
The Archdiocese of Chicago has agreed to settle for $1.68 to $2.1 million a lawsuit alleging former priest Daniel McCormack sexually abused a Catholic school student.
The lawsuit filed against the archdiocese in 2011 alleged that during the 2000-2001 school year, McCormack maintained a sexually abusive relationship with a fifth-grader. The lawsuit also alleged the archdiocese was aware of McCormack's history of sexual misconduct, but chose to place him in a ministry that gave him access to youth.
The plaintiff, who is choosing to remain anonymous, told the Chicago Sun-Times he's pleased with the settlement.
McCormack pleaded guilty in 2007 to abusing five children. He was sentenced to five years in prison and removed from the priesthood. He's currently confined to a state mental health facility.
Previous settlements were made in November 2011 and in January 2014.
The attorneys representing the sex abuse victims of 30 Chicago priests in January released the internal files showing years of cover-up and the transfer of abusive priests to new parishes.