January 23, 2006

Parishioners Back Priest Accused Of Sex Abuse


CHICAGO (CBS) -- Parishioners stand behind a local Catholic priest accused of fondling two little boys, but it could be a whole different story when he has his day in court.

Father Daniel McCormack is scheduled for arraignment today, and some of his own words may be scrutinized.

The 37-year-old priest was arrested Friday for allegedly fondling two young boys over the past several years, stunning members and employees of the West Side church.

"He was a nice guy," said St. Agatha employee Nikki Lewis. "I would have never expected it."

"A good, caring person" is how many parishioners at Chicago’s St. Agatha's Church describe McCormack, even as they learn about his arrest for the aggravated criminal sexual abuse.

Posted by kshaw at January 23, 2006 07:41 AM