IL--Daniel McCormack will remain in custody for now, SNAP responds
For immediate release Friday, September 8, 2017
Today former Catholic priest Daniel McCormack was found by a Cook County judge to be a sexually violent person. That means that, for the present, the former priest will remain at the Illinois Department of Human Services facility for sex offenders where he has been held since he completed his prison sentence. In November the judge will decide whether Mr. McCormack will remain at the facility indefinitely or will be released to the community under strict conditions.
As survivors of child sexual abuse, we are grateful to the court for recognizing the danger that Mr. McCormack could pose were he to be released back into society. While we recognize that the former priest has served his time, we believe that the threat he poses to innocent children warrants this extraordinary safeguard.
Just recently we were extremely saddened to learn that another former priest, previously convicted and required to register as a sex offender, was arrested on new charges of sexually abusing a child.
Although an arrest is not a conviction, we know that false allegations of child sexual abuse are extremely rare.
SNAP is thankful that the judge in this case was far-sighted enough to recognize that the safety of children trumps Mr. McCormack’s opportunity for a second chance.
50 State AG Call for Grand Jury
Any investigation must be:
- independent of and separate from the church
- must have subpoena powers and ability to compel testimony under oath
Anything short of these criteria is a sham and whitewash.
In addition, write letters to the editor, make phone calls to politicians as they can apply pressure to keep them responsive to our demand. We need to make efforts to ensure that they follow up on what the state is doing to investigate these crimes.
Note to Letter Writers
Use your own words and style of writing. Cut and paste from the templates as you wish. Include your experiences, whether as a survivor or as a member of the community. And relate your letter to the state you were abused in or state now living in.