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Archdiocese of Chicago To Pay Millions in Settlement on Sexual Abuse Lawsuits

Archdiocese of Chicago To Pay Millions in Settlement on Sexual Abuse Lawsuits

The Archdiocese of Chicago will pay $3.15 million in a settlement lawsuit. The lawsuit alleged former priest Daniel McCormack sexually abused three victims between 2000 and 2005.

The first John Doe alleged that McCormack sexually abused him when he 13/14 years old. The second John Doe alleged that he was abused between 2003 and 2005. The third alleged he was abused during an after-school program at Our Lady of the Westside Catholic School.

McCormack was finally removed from the priesthood in November 2007 after he pleaded guilty to abusing five children. McCormack was sentenced to five years in prison.

A Cook County judge ruled earlier this month that victims abused by the priest after 2000 can seek punitive damages against the archdiocese if their lawsuits go to trial. The archdiocese has said it has paid out $139 million in clerical sexual-abuse claims. As of last fall, the archdiocese had received at least 30 substantiated claims against the former priest.

Michael.O@chicagonewstoday.com

By Michael Obrecki