January 31, 2006

Boy, 11, says he was sexually abused by Rev. McCormack

Daily Southtown

Tuesday, January 31, 2006

By Cathleen Falsani and Frank Main
Special to the Daily Southtown

Another Chicago boy Monday told Chicago police and prosecutors that he had been sexually abused by the Rev. Daniel McCormack, a Roman Catholic priest who was charged earlier this month with molesting two boys at St. Agatha Parish in North Lawndale.
The boy, 11, who attends a Chicago public school, told authorities that McCormack abused him and gave him gifts, a law enforcement source said.

On Jan. 21, prosecutors charged McCormack with two counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse for allegedly fondling the genitals of two boys an 8- and a 9-year-old.The 11-year-old boy and his parents took their allegations to police and prosecutors Monday with their attorney, Jeff Anderson of Minnesota, who is probably the preeminent lawyer in the nation representing alleged victims of clergy sexual abuse.

In the last 20 years, Anderson has sued more than half of the Roman Catholic dioceses in the United States.

Jim Dwyer, a spokesman for the Chicago archdiocese, said Monday evening that church officials had not yet been contacted by the family of the 11-year-old boy or by his attorney, Anderson. "We want him to come forward and everyone else to come forward," Dwyer said.

Posted by kshaw at January 31, 2006 07:57 AM