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律師Lyndsay Markley在新聞稿中宣布的和解協議是丹尼爾·麥考馬克(Daniel McCormack)故事中最新的黑暗篇章,丹尼爾·麥考馬克是大主教管區歷史上最臭名昭著的戀童癖者之一。

這只是最新的大主教管區與男子的和解,據稱這些男子被麥考馬克性侵特為兒童,使此訴訟的總付款額超過1100萬美元。 在《芝加哥論壇報》報導該教堂同意僅在2017年支付超過750萬美元後,它同意在明年再支付290萬美元。


據新聞報導,對麥考馬克的指控可以追溯到幾十年前,涉及二十多個男孩。 2007年,他因對五個男孩進行性侵認罪,被判處五年徒刑。 2009年,就在他有資格獲得假釋之前,他被國家指定為性暴力者,以便在他獲釋後可以在國家機構安全關押他。 然後,在2018年,一名法官在檢察官的敦促下發現麥考馬克有性暴力行為,並下令將他無限期地羈押在國家針對性罪犯的拘留所中。 目前尚不清楚他是否仍在拘留中。

最新受害者的情況與他人被麥考馬克濫侵的情形驚人地相似。 根據馬克利的新聞稿,沒有公佈姓名的最新原告於2000年代初在芝加哥西區的一所天主教小學就讀。 麥考馬克是學校的一名老師和一名籃球教練,這個男孩是麥考馬克隊的成嚶

大主教管區和當時的樞機主教弗朗西斯·喬治(Francis George)也受到批評,此前有報導稱喬治等到2006年因侵兒童罪而第二次被逮捕,從而將麥考馬克從外交部撤職。第二年,麥考馬克被永久撤職。 Religious News

Chicago archdiocese to pay $1.5 million in sexual abuse suit

Thu, Dec 3, 2020


CHICAGO (AP) — The Archdiocese of Chicago has agreed to pay $1.5 million to settle a lawsuit filed by a man who says he was sexually abused as a child by a defrocked priest who was convicted of sexually abusing several boys, the man’s attorney said Thursday.

The settlement agreement announced in a news release by attorney Lyndsay Markley is the latest dark chapter in the story of Daniel McCormack, one of the most notorious pedophiles in the history of the archdiocese.

It is just the latest archdiocese settlement with men who alleged they were abused as children by McCormack, pushing the total payments in such suits past $11 million. After the Chicago Tribune reported that the church agreed to pay more than $7.5 million in 2017 alone, it agreed to pay another $2.9 million the next year.

The archdiocese declined to discuss the latest settlement.

The allegations against McCormack date back decades and involve more than two dozen boys, according to news reports. In 2007, he was sentenced to five years in prison after pleading guilty to sexually abusing five boys. In 2009, just before he was eligible for parole, he was designated by the state as a sexually violent person so that he could be held after his release date at a secure state facility. Then, in 2018, a judge at the urging of prosecutors found McCormack to be sexually violent and ordered that he stay in custody indefinitely in a state facility for sex offenders. It wasn’t immediately clear Thursday if he remains in custody.

The latest victim’s account is strikingly similar to others’ accounts of being abused by McCormack. According to Markley’s news release, the latest plaintiff, whose name was not released, attended a Catholic elementary school on the Chicago’s West Side in the early 2000s. McCormack was a teacher and a basketball coach at the school, and the boy was on the team McCormack coached.