Judge denies bond for convicted sex abuser, defrocked priest facing new charges

Written By BY TINA SFONDELES Staff Reporter Posted: 05/22/2014, 06:32am

A Cook County judge denied bond for convicted child molester and defrocked Catholic priest Daniel McCormack who is facing a new charge of aggravated criminal sexual abuse in an alleged 2005 incident involving a minor boy.

McCormack appeared at the Leighton Criminal Courthouse on Chicago West Side on Thursday afternoon.

Proseuctors say the the alleged victim was 10 and a parishioner at St. Agatha in the 3100 block of West Douglas; McCormack worked as a priest.

The boy was participating in an after-school program at the church and the alleged abuse happened between September 2005 and December 2005. The alleged victim disclosed the abuse in 2013.

One incident happened after McCormack took the boy to a White Sox game. He allegedly took the boy to his home after the game and fondled him, prosecutors said.

Another time, McCormack invited the boy to his room in the rectory and again fondled him.

McCormack’s attorney Daniel Coyne said the former priest is currently receiving treatment and said he suffers a “mental disorder” and is a “sexually violent person.”

While Cook County Judge James brown denied bond for McCormack, the judge said he would be able to stay at the treatment center and be transported to the courthouse for future hearings.

In recent days Chicago Police officers arrested McCormack at a Department of Human Services treatment facility in Rushville, Ill. — about 230 miles southwest of Chicago.

McCormack had been serving his sentence at the Western Illinois Correctional Center in Mount Sterling, Ill., until he was paroled to the Rushville facility in 2009, according to Illinois Department of Corrections spokesman Tom Shaer.

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