Friday, October 22, 2010

Sexual abuse suit

Another sexual abuse suit filed against McCormack
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(Catholic New World)
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Another lawsuit has been filed against Chicago’s Roman Catholic Archdiocese by another man who said he was molested as a child by defrocked priest and convicted child sexual abuser Daniel McCormack.

The John Doe suit accuses the archdiocese and Cardinal Francis George of ignoring allegations lodged against McCormack for years, leaving children vulnerable.

This most recent suit claims the victim was abused over a period of roughly four years, starting in the 2002-03 school year when the boy was in 8th grade and playing basketball for McCormack, the coach.

“McCormack inappropriately sexually touched, hugged, rubbed, and/or abused Doe” until his junior year in high school, according to the suit filed in Cook County Circuit Court.

“He’s in his early 20s now and like all of the kids that have been abused, he has continuing issues regarding self confidence, trust — trust is probably the biggest problem,” said the man’s attorney, William F. Martin.

Martin’s client is seeking more than $50,000 in damages.

The man in this case was not part of the criminal case against McCormack -- who earlier pleaded guilty to charges he fondled five boys.

McCormack, 41, was sentenced to a five-year prison term in connection with the criminal case.

“We have not seen this complaint and we do not comment on pending litigation,’’ said Susan Burritt, an archdiocese spokeswoman.

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