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SNAP Press Release

One pedophile priest walks free tomorrow, another stays behind bars

Bizarre Joliet child molesting cleric finishes his term & gets out Thursday

But Chicago's most notorious predator, McCormack, may remain in custody

One prosecutor said the serial pedophile "molested almost every day" for months

State seeks to have him be declared "sexually violent" & locked up after sentence expires

WHAT
Holding signs and childhood photos at a sidewalk news conference, concerned Catholics and clergy sex abuse victims will
-- warn the public about a Joliet predatory priest (Lenczycki) who walks free tomorrow, and
-- applaud officials for working to keep a Chicago serial predator (McCormack) jailed & declared "sexually violent,"

The victims will also prod anyone who saw, suspected or suffered crimes by either cleric to call police immediately so he might be prosecuted again.

WHEN
TODAY, Wednesday, Sept. 23, 11:15 a.m.

WHERE
Outside archdiocesan headquarters (chancery), 835 N Rush St, just north of Chicago Ave

WHO
Three or four clergy sex abuse victims and supporters who are members of a support group called SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAPnetwork.org), including the organization's founder and president

VISUALS
The group will hold posters, childhood photos and pictures of the predator priests, and give copies of their June letter to the Illinois Attorney General urging that McCormack be permanently kept in state custody.

WHY
Last year, Fr. Fred Lenczycki of Joliet became the first Illinois clergyman to be deemed a "sexually violent predator." In July, a Wheaton judge ruled that Lenczycki should be released. Lenczycki gave boys naked ‘massages’ and dressed them in ‘revealing baby Jesus costumes’ as part of an alleged ‘research project.’

The other priest involved is Fr. Daniel McCormack who plead guilty to five counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse and was sentenced in 2007 to five years in prison. In June, 4 groups (Call To Action, Voice of the Faithful, the Coalition of Concerned Catholics and SNAP-the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests) asked Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan to try to get McCormack deemed "sexually violent" so he will remain in state custody even when his prison sentence ends. (Originally, he was to be freed this Saturday.) The groups fear McCormack - a young, charismatic, well-educated serial predator - will likely hurt other kids.

The organizations also asked Chicago's top Catholic official, Cardinal Francis George, to join them in prodding state officials and helping them by immediately visiting McCormack's former work places and aggressively reaching out to others who saw, suspected or suffered the cleric's crimes. George has a special duty to do more, the groups believe, because he repeatedly disregarded warning signs about McCormack and even promoted him after he'd been questioned by police about abuse accusations. However, George ignored their requests.

McCormack's crimes happened between 2001 and 2006 at St. Agatha Catholic Church and at Our Lady of the Westside Presentation School. The victims were between 8 and 12 years old. Assistant state's attorneys Shauna Boliker and Kathleen Muldoon helped prosecute McCormack. Several of the boys have filed and settled civil lawsuits against the archdiocese and McCormack. Most were represented by Minnesota attorney Jeff Anderson (612 817 8665 cell) and Chicago attorney Marc Pearlman (312-261-4554).

Nearly every high ranking archdiocesan staffer who ignored or concealed suspicions or knowledge of McCormack's crimes has since been promoted. The exception is the lone woman, Barbara Westrick, the former principal of Presentation. She called police about allegations against McCormack. As a result, she says, she was fired.

Between his arrest and conviction, SNAP and others begged George to put McCormack in a secure treatment center. The Cardinal ignored their request SNAP begged Gary's Catholic bishop to warn his flock that McCormack was living with family in Indiana. That request was also ignored.

McCormack is in a Jacksonville IL prison described by an expert as "looking like a college campus" with "a lot of programs and a lot of freedom."

Lenczycki's defense lawyers are Marion Cruz and James Montgomery. Assistant Illinois Atty. Gen. Joelle Marasco was one of the prosecutors involved in his case.

McCormack's defense lawyers included Patrick Reardon. Assistant State's Attorneys Kathleen Muldoon and Shauna Boliker were involved in his prosecution.

CONTACT
Barbara Blaine 312 399 4747
David Clohessy 314 566 9790
Barbara Dorris 314 503 0003


Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
www.snapnetwork.org
 


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