Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Hearing postponed on freeing pedophile ex-priest

Hearing postponed on freeing pedophile ex-priest
Manya Brashear

WGN News

September 25, 2009


A hearing to determine if a former Roman Catholic priest convicted of sexually assaulting several boys in a West Side parish can be kept in custody indefinitely was postponed today until Oct. 26.

Convicted sex offender Daniel McCormack will be held in a secure treatment facility until then, said Natalie Bauer, a spokeswoman for the Illinois attorney general's office. McCormack had been scheduled to be paroled and released from custody today.

The Cook County state's attorney's and Illinois attorney general's offices filed a petition earlier this week under the state's Sexually Violent Persons Commitment Act to have McCormack civilly committed and held indefinitely in a treatment facility if a psychologists find it likely he would commit another sex crime if allowed to go free.

McCormack attended today's hearing in Cook County Circuit Court and agreed to the postponement.

In July 2007, McCormack pleaded guilty to five felony counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse and was sentenced to 5 years in prison.

McCormack fondled five boys between the ages of 8 and 12 inside St. Agatha's rectory, misconduct that dated to 2001. Some victims were members of the basketball team he coached at the nearby Our Lady of the West Side School; others were friends of boys who attended the school, where McCormack also taught algebra.

Two audits commissioned by the Chicago Archdiocese later found a trail of abuse allegations dating to McCormack's seminary days in 1988, all of which the archdiocese had failed to investigate properly. They also found that although a priest had been assigned to monitor McCormack at St. Agatha, he still had contact with children.

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