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Archdiocese sued again for abuse by ex-priest Daniel McCormack

Daniel McCormack is shown leaving a Chicago court in 2006. | Charles Rex Arbogast/AP file photo

A new lawsuit was filed Friday alleging sexual abuse by convicted child molester and defrocked priest Daniel McCormack.

The plaintiff — a man identified only as John J. Doe — filed the suit Friday in Cook County Circuit Court against the Archdiocese of Chicago.

The man claims in the suit that McCormack engaged him in sexual and abusive relationships from 2003 to 2004 while the priest was a basketball coach at St. Agatha’s Parish on the West Side.

McCormack was removed from the priesthood in November 2007 and pleaded guilty that year to abusing five other children at St. Agatha’s. He was sentenced to five years in prison and has been staying at a state-run mental health facility since his release from prison in 2009.

He faces a new set of criminal charges filed in 2014, this time for an alleged 2005 incident involving a minor boy, also at St. Agatha.

The suit alleges the Archdiocese received warnings about McCormack’s behavior as early as 1999 — the five years after the priest was ordained — and could have stopped the abuse earlier.

The Archdiocese of Chicago could not be immediately reached for comment Friday night.

The two-count lawsuit seeks at least $100,000 in damages.