March 02, 2006

West Side priest puts in plea of not guilty

Chicago Tribune

By Jeff Coen
Tribune staff reporter
Published March 2, 2006

A Chicago priest accused of molesting three boys at St. Agatha Catholic Church on the West Side has pleaded not guilty to charges of aggravated criminal sexual abuse.

Rev. Daniel McCormack entered and left the Criminal Courts Building through a swarm of television news cameras Wednesday.

McCormack spent just a few minutes before Cook County Circuit Judge Thomas Sumner as his lawyer entered the plea.

Defense attorney Patrick Reardon told the judge McCormack would plead not guilty in each of the cases. McCormack was arrested Jan. 21 and charged with abusing one boy between September 2001 and January 2005, and another in 2003.

Posted by kshaw at March 2, 2006 06:09 AM