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Chicago archdiocese settles suit claiming sexual abuse by former priest Daniel McCormack

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CHICAGO — The Archdiocese of Chicago has agreed to settle for $1.68 to $2.1 million a lawsuit alleging former priest Daniel McCormack sexually abused a Catholic school student.

The lawsuit filed against the archdiocese in 2011 alleged that during the 2000-2001 school year, McCormack maintained a sexually abusive relationship with a fifth-grader. The lawsuit also alleged the archdiocese was aware of McCormack's history of sexual misconduct, but chose to place him in a ministry that gave him access to youth.

The plaintiff, who is choosing to remain anonymous, told the Chicago Sun-Times (http://bit.ly/P2u6BE) he's pleased with the settlement.

McCormack pleaded guilty in 2007 to abusing five children. He was sentenced to five years in prison and removed from the priesthood. He's currently confined to a state mental health facility.


Information from: Chicago Sun-Times, http://www.suntimes.com/index

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