February 15, 2006

$10 million suit filed in priest abuse case

Chicago Tribune

By Manya A. Brachear
Tribune staff reporter
Published February 15, 2006

The family of the 13-year-old boy whose complaint led to the arrest of Rev. Daniel McCormack has filed a $10 million lawsuit against the Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago, Our Lady of the West Side Catholic School and the former pastor of St. Agatha Catholic Church.

According to the lawsuit, between 2001 and 2005 McCormack "engaged in a pattern and practice of continuous forced sexual abuse" toward the boy, which included "touching and fondling ... of private parts."

Steve Dicker, the family's attorney, said the abuse occurred in the church's rectory during and after practice of the Our Lady of the West Side basketball team. McCormack was the boy's coach.

The abuse ended in January 2005, Dicker said, adding that poor grades kept the student from playing basketball beginning then.

Posted by kshaw at February 15, 2006 07:44 AM