Daniel McCormack Sex Abuse: Chicago Archdiocese To Pay $3.2 Million To Another Victim
The Archdiocese of Chicago has reached a $3.2 million settlement with the family of another sex abuse victim of former priest Daniel McCormack.
The boy, whose name has not been released, was abused by McCormack between the ages of 10 and 12, ABC Chicago reports. The victim's family in 2007 filed suit against the archdiocese and Cardinal Francis George because they alleged they refused to block him from having contact with children even after they knew abuse was occurring.
Chicago-based law firms Hilfman & Martin and Abels & Annes announced the settlement on Tuesday.
McCormack pleaded guilty in 2007 to sexually abusing five boys while he was parish priest at St. Agatha Catholic Church and a teacher at a Catholic school. He was sentenced to five years in prison and has been registered as a convicted sex offender. He was defrocked the same year the first set of allegations went public.
Since his original conviction, nine new abuse allegations surfaced. At least two other lawsuits against the archdiocese related to McCormack remain pending, according to the Chicago Tribune.
When the former priest came up for parole last year, after serving half of his prison sentence, the Cook County State's Attorney and Illinois Attorney General petitioned to have McCormack committed under the Sexually Violent Persons Commitment Act, according to the Tribune.
He is currently living in a mental health facility.