CHICAGO — Daniel McCormack, a defrocked Chicago priest who pleaded guilty in 2007 to multiple sexual abuse charges, was ordered held without bail Thursday on a new charge.
In the new charge, McCormack fondled a 10-year-old boy in late 2005, including once after taking the child to a White Sox game, prosecutors said.
After McCormack went to the Sox game with the child, the priest hugged the boy and fondled him, according to Cook County Assistant State's Attorney John Dillon.
On another occasion, he allegedly molested the child while they were both watching TV at the rectory of St. Agatha Parish in North Lawndale. The priest told the child not to tell anyone, prosecutors said.
McCormack, 45, was arrested Wednesday on a warrant charging aggravated criminal sexual abuse of a child at a facility in Rushville, where he has been under state supervision since 2009.
McCormack was arrested in January 2006 in connection with five criminal sexual abuse charges involving a victim under 13 years old that occurred while he was the priest in the St. Agatha Parish.
He pleaded guilty the next year and was sentenced to five years in prison. He was also defrocked in 2007.
Earlier this year, the Archdiocese of Chicago agreed to pay $3.15 million to settle a lawsuit that alleged McCormack sexually abused a boy while he was in eighth through 11th grade.
In court on Thursday, Cook County Judge James Brown denied bail. McCormick is being held at an Illinois Department of Human Services treatment center awaiting a hearing that could result in him being kept behind bars indefinitely, his attorney said.
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