March 16, 2006

Archdiocese gives prosecutors data on accused priest

Chicago Tribune

By Jeff Coen, Tribune staff reporter. Tribune staff reporter Manya A. Brachear contributed to this report
Published March 16, 2006

The Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago complied this week with a request by Cook County prosecutors for records related to a priest charged with sexual abuse of minors, a lawyer for the archdiocese said.

The state's attorney's office had subpoenaed any material related to knowledge the archdiocese may have had about Rev. Daniel McCormack's alleged conduct, including any complaints against him, sources close to the investigation said.

Church attorney James Geoly said the archdiocese had complied fully with the prosecutors' request. Records turned over included personnel records, incident reports and documents "dating back to McCormack's seminary days," he said.

McCormack has pleaded not guilty to charges of aggravated criminal sexual abuse. He is accused of molesting three boys at St. Agatha Church on the West Side.

Geoly said that on Monday he delivered approximately 900 pages of records to the state's attorney's office and another file containing about 25 pages to Criminal Court Judge Thomas Sumner for his inspection in chambers.

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