Saturday, July 31, 2010

Teen claiming abuse by ex-priest sues archdiocese

Teen claiming abuse by ex-priest sues archdiocese
Chicago Sun-Times

July 30, 2010

BY LISA DONOVAN Staff Reporter
A 19-year-old man filed a lawsuit Friday against the Archdiocese of Chicago, alleging church officials moved pedophile priest Daniel McCormack from assignment to assignment even after sex abuse allegations surfaced against the now-defrocked pastor.

The man, identified in court papers only as John E. Doe, alleges he was abused by McCormack as a sixth- grader at St. Agatha’s parish rectory on the West Side from 2001 to 2002.

“McCormack, as part of a continuing series of acts, raped, inappropriately sexually touched, rubbed and/or abused the [p]laintiff over eighty . . . times, including placing the [p]laintiff’s hand on McCormack’s penis more than sixty . . . times for penile stimulation,” the suit alleges.

The suit accuses the archdiocese and Cardinal Francis George of negligence for allegedly moving him from the seminary to two parish assignments, even though McCormack had been accused of sexual abuse.

It also accuses the church of failing to maintain records of alleged reported sexual abuse of minors involving McCormack when he was a student or seminarian. McCormack was a student at Niles College of Loyola University from 1986 to 1990 and attended Mundelein Seminary from 1990 to 1994.

The 19-year-old is seeking at least $50,000 in damages.

A spokesperson for the archdiocese declined to comment on the lawsuit.

McCormack, 41, was sentenced to five years in prison after pleading guilty in 2007 to charges he fondled five boys. It was unclear from court papers whether the boy in this case was among the victims in the criminal case. McCormack remains behind bars.

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